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Defense Ministry completes Sharon funeral preparations

January 12, 2014 20:45

The Israel Police, Defense Ministry and IDF completed on Sunday preparations for the funeral of former prime minister Ariel Sharon.

The coffin will leave the Knesset, travel through Latrun, and pass Bet Kama Junction, before finally arriving at the Sycamore Ranch, near Sderot, for burial.

Police will seal off two kilometers of roads around the burial area, and security forces have included in their preparations the possibility of Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza.

The Defense Ministry's Logistical Operations and Assets Branch, together with the Families and Memorialization Branch will oversee all aspect of the funeral on Monday. Over 150 buses have been rented, to bring thousands of mourners to the ranch.

An operations room will be set up for representatives of the Israel Police, Defense ministry, Magen David Adom paramedics, firefighters, and the IDF to manage the event, and hundreds of police officers will oversee the operation, dubbed Operation Anemone.

Defense officials say they do not know how many people will attend the funeral on Monday, adding that authorities will be able to receive mourners from the morning hours Monday morning, well before the funeral begins.

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