Memorial service for Shimon Peres is underway in Jerusalem
14:39, 29 September 2016

Memorial service for Shimon Peres is underway in Jerusalem

Israeli ex-president Shimon Peres to be buried on Mount Herzl on September 30

14:39, 29 September 2016


Memorial service for Israeli ex-president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem. The coffin with his body is set near the building of Knesset, Israeli Parliament,  for thousands of citizens to be able to pay their last tribute to the former president.

The flags were half-masted in sign of mourning all over the country on Wednesday. The memorial service will last until 21:00.

Reuven Rivlin, the President of Israel and has already visited the ceremony together with the Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein and the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Many world leaders, Barack Obama among them, have announced intention to visit the memorial service and the funeral. Ukrainian President Poroshenko, Canadian Prime-Minister Justin Trudeau, former US president Bill Clinton, US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, French President Francois Hollande, Prince of Wales Charles, Australian Prime-Minister, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands among other world leaders are expected to come as well.

Israeli ex-president Shimon Peres will be buried on Mount Herzl on September 30.

Related: Poroshenko will go to Israel for Peres funeral

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