JERUSALEM: Volunteers helped gravediggers at Israel’s most important army cemetery on Wednesday (Oct 11) as burials started for troopers slain in the assault on Israel by Hamas gunmen from the Gaza Strip.
Utilizing shovels and a mechanical digger, they scooped out earth to arrange plots for the troopers’ remaining resting place at Mount Herzl Nationwide Cemetery.
Ori Kirzon, a 29-year-old ultra-Orthodox Jew, mentioned he got here to Mount Herzl at 6.30am with different volunteers to assist.
“I made a decision that I’ll do one thing for the folks of israel, for the troops, for God Almighty … and dig a grave for a sacred soldier,” he informed Reuters.
Of the about 1,200 Israelis killed within the raids and ensuing clashes that started on Saturday, 169 have been recognized as troopers – not less than 10 of them residents of Jerusalem.
Many Israeli leaders and native troopers are buried on the cemetery, named after the Nineteenth-century author Theodor Herzl, who envisaged the creation of the Jewish state. Herzl himself is buried there.
It’s typically likened to the US Arlington Nationwide Cemetery.
At a tree-lined part of Mount Herzl, dozens of silent mourners watched a funeral unfold.
With Israel pummelling Gaza, the place the Palestinian loss of life toll handed 950 on Wednesday, and the battle threatening to unfold to different fronts, the casualty toll is expected to rise.