4 Jews killed in Paris to be buried in Israel

2015-01-12 10:36
Relatives of victims of the hostage-taking at a Jewish supermarket on the eastern fringes of the capital, which killed four people, attend a ceremony at the Grand Synagogue in Paris for all the victims of the attacks. (Matthieu Alexandre, AFP)

Relatives of victims of the hostage-taking at a Jewish supermarket on the eastern fringes of the capital, which killed four people, attend a ceremony at the Grand Synagogue in Paris for all the victims of the attacks. (Matthieu Alexandre, AFP)

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Jerusalem - Four French Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris are to be buried in Israel on Tuesday, community sources and the Israeli premier said.

"The four families decided to bury their dead in Israel. The funerals will be held on Tuesday, a Jewish community source told AFP in Paris.

The bodies of the four victims -- Yoav Hattab, Philippe Braham, Yohan Cohen and Francois-Michel Saada -- will be taken from the forensic institute in Paris on Monday and flown to Israel, the source said.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's office confirmed he had agreed to the families' request they be buried in Israel and ordered government officials to help with the burial arrangements.

An Israeli official involved in a Sunday night planning session told AFP the funerals would take place at Jerusalem's Har Hamenuhot cemetery at 11:00 on Tuesday. Earlier, the Jewish community source had given a different location and time.

The four were shot dead on Friday after being taken hostage with a group of other shoppers at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris by jihadist Amedy Coulibaly, who was later killed during a police raid.

Israeli national carrier El Al announced it would be flying the bodies from Paris.

El Al said the families of the deceased would also be on board the flight from Paris due to land in Israel at 02:05 on Tuesday.
Read more on:    france  |  israel  |  paris shooting  |  security  |  religion

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