- Title: Thousands of security forces deploy in Jerusalem ahead of Peres's funeral
- Date: 29th September 2016
- Summary: JERUSALEM (SEPTEMBER 29, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF ISRAELI PARAMILITARY POLICE FORCES BEING BRIEFED AHEAD OF FUNERAL OF FORMER ISRAELI PRESIDENT SHIMON PERES TRAFFIC POLICE ENTRANCE TO THE KING DAVID HOTEL, WHERE WORLD LEADERS WHO ARRIVE FOR PERES' FUNERAL ARE EXPECTED TO STAY ENTRANCE TO HOTEL POLICE FORCES NEAR FENCE PREPARATIONS IN HOTEL VEHICLE DRIVING NEAR FENCE POLICE FORCES NEAR POLICE COMMAND CENTRE VARIOUS OF POLICE COMMAND CENTRE LARGE SCREEN SHOWING SECURITY CAMERAS FOOTAGE MORE OF SECURITY CAMERAS FOOTAGE ON LARGE SCREEN MORE OF COMMAND CENTRE ISRAELI POLICE SPOKESPERSON MICKY ROSENFELD LOOKING AT COMPUTER SCREEN (SOUNDBITE) (English) ISRAELI POLICE SPOKESPERSON MICKY ROSENFELD SAYING: "This is one of the largest police operations that are taking place in Jerusalem for the last years, with our police officers looking at close range of everything that is going on in terms of the police movements, activities and police units. And that will continue as long as necessary until Friday afternoon in the end of the funeral."
- Embargoed: 14th October 2016 11:36
- Keywords: Israel Shimon Peres Coffin Security Police
- Location: JERUSALEM
- City: JERUSALEM
- Country: Israel
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00151MAHC7
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- Story Text: Thousands of security forces were deployed in and around Jerusalem on Thursday (September 29), Israeli police said, amid preparations for the state funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres.
A special police command centre was formed near the location of the funeral, which will be held on Friday (September 30) at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl cemetery in a section dedicated to "Great Leaders of the Nation".
Police spokesperson Mickey Rosenfeld said it was "one of the largest" police operations in Jerusalem in recent years.
"This is one of the largest police operations that are taking place in Jerusalem for the last years, with our police officers looking at close range of everything that is going on in terms of the police movements, activities and police units. And that will continue as long as necessary until Friday afternoon in the end of the funeral," Rosenfeld said.
He added that more than 7,500 police officers including special patrol units, undercover units and border police are involved in the operation.
Thousands of members of the public arrived in Jerusalem to pay last respects to the late president whose coffin was lying in state at Israel's parliament, the Knesset.
Peres, one of Israel's last surviving founding fathers who developed its powerful armed forces and presumed nuclear capabilities before seeking peace with the Palestinians and sharing a Nobel prize, died on Wednesday (September 28) at 93 after suffering a stroke.
Dozens of world leaders, including United States President Barack Obama, are expected to attend Peres' funeral.
It was not clear whether Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would attend.
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