Shin Bet completes preparations for 'unprecedented operation' to protect 60 world leaders

By REUTERS
September 29, 2016 15:59

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) completed preparations for a massive operation to protect over 60 world leaders who are arriving in Israel for the funeral of the late president Shimon Peres.

The domestic intelligence agency said in a statement on Thursday that its units will provide an "intelligence and technological envelope, which includes the use of advanced technological mean."

The ISA described the operation as "unprecedented," adding that it was being led by the VIP Protection Unit. Twenty presidents, 15 foreign ministers, five heads of states, and additional dignitaries are expected to attend the funeral ceremony in Jerusalem.

Hundreds of ISA Security Branch personnel will, together with the Israel Police, form overt and covert circles of defense, the ISA said. The operation began on Thursday and will end when the world leaders depart the country.

The Shin Bet is in touch with counterparts from around the world to coordinate security arrangements.


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