7,000 police officers to secure Peres’ funeral on Friday

The Israeli security forces continue to prepare for the arrival of more than 80 world leaders who plan to attend Shimon Peres’ funeral on Friday. Thousands of police officers will be scattered throughout Israel’s capital city and dozens of roads will be blocked off.
Jerusalem, today Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90/Channel 2 News

The Israeli security forces began preparing today (Wednesday) for the state ceremonies and funeral of Israel’s 9th President Shimon Peres. During the extensive operation, which was named after one of the books that Peres wrote, 7,000 police officers will protect the participants and audience.

Tomorrow morning, Peres’ casket will leave the Tzrifin military complex and drive slowly to Jerusalem. Highway 1 will be closed for at least an hour in order to accommodate Peres’ motorcade.

On Friday, Highway 1 will be closed on and off from the early morning hours in order to accommodate the motorcades of the world leaders who are coming from around the globe in order to pay their last respects to Peres. All the roads leading to Mount Herzl, where Peres will be buried, will be closed down from the morning hours until after 2:00 PM.

The Israel Police prepared several parking lots for the use of the thousands of Israelis who are expected to come tomorrow to Jerusalem in order to part from Israel’s 9th President. From every parking lot, shuttles will transport the public to the Knesset building, where Peres’ casket will be located from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, free of charge.

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