- Title: Israel deploys thousands of police personnel to secure Peres funeral.
- Date: 29th September 2016
- Summary: JERUSALEM (SEPTEMBER 29, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF ISRAELI POLICE AND PARAMILITARY POLICE FORCES GATHERED AHEAD OF DEPLOYMENT POLICE OFFICER TALKING ON PHONE HELICOPTER VARIOUS OF TRAFFIC POLICE BLOCKING ROAD
- Embargoed: 14th October 2016 05:53
- Keywords: Israel Jerusalem Peres Police Security. Funeral
- Location: JERUSALEM
- City: JERUSALEM
- Country: Israel
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00151MAE6F
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Israel deployed several thousands of police on Thursday (September 29) to secure the funeral for Shimon Peres, one of Israel's last surviving founding fathers who developed its powerful armed forces and nuclear capabilities before seeking peace with the Palestinians and sharing a Nobel Prize.
Police erected roadblocks across Jerusalem as the coffin of Peres, who died on Wednesday (September 28) at 93 after suffering a stroke, was brought to parliament to allow the public to pay respects ahead of the funeral scheduled for Friday (September 30).
A convinced campaigner for Middle East peace who remained energetic until the final days of his seven decades in public life, the centre-left elder statesman was mourned by world leaders and praised for his tireless engagement.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry published a long list of dignitaries it expected to attend the funeral, including Britain's Prince Charles and former U.S. president Bill Clinton. French President Francois Hollande confirmed he would be present, alongside his predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy.
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