Defense Ministry: Israel's war and terror casualty toll now at 23,447

Sixty eight new casualties were added to the figure since the previous Remembrance Day.

May 6, 2016 08:33
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Israel's Remembrance Day ceremony in Jerusalem.. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)


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Days ahead of Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers, the Defense Ministry released updated figures on the number of war and terrorism casualties, which currently stands at 23,447.

The casualty count includes all those who fell since 1860. Sixty eight new casualties were added to the figure since the previous Remembrance Day. Additionally, fifty nine disabled IDF veterans died as a result of their condition.

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Today, there are 9,442 bereaved parents, 4,917 widows, and 1,948 orphans, according to the ministry's figures.

The ministry expects some 1.5 million people to visit military cemeteries during Remembrance Day next week.

On Tuesday, a nationwide siren will ring out at 8 pm, marking the start of Remembrance Day. A two-minute siren will sound off on Wednesday at 11:00 am, marking the start of state memorial ceremonies across the country.

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