Victims Of Eilat Attacks Buried In Israel


JERUSALEM, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Three victims of the attacks near Eilat — an intelligence officer, a military sergeant and a civilian — were buried Friday in Israel.

Paskal Avrahami, 49, a veteran counter-terrorism expert, and Staff Sgt. Moshe Naftali were both buried in Mount Herzl, the national cemetery in Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Post reported. The funeral for Yossef Levy, 57, killed in an attack that injured his wife, took place in the coastal city of Holon.

Israeli authorities have said five men and three women were killed Thursday in attacks on the roads into Eilat, a resort on the Red Sea and the southernmost city in Israel.

Thousands of people, including high-ranking military and police officers, attended Avrahami’s burial. He was part of a counter-terrorism unit that responded to the Eilat attacks.

“We lost a fighter who fought with bravery and without fear,” Police Inspector General Yochanan Danino, who was at the funeral, said Thursday. “He was an inseparable part of the protection of the people in his actions in the South, and throughout his many years of service.”

Dan Shapiro, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, joined hundreds of mourners at Naftali’s funeral.

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