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See more photos from the emotional moment former Isreali PM Peres is laid to rest.


The city's biggest security operation for at least two decades is underway with 8,000 police and soldiers lining the streets as the country's former prime minister is laid to rest.

World leaders including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, and Prince Charles all in attendance

Mr Peres, who helped set up the post-war Israeli state, died on Wednesday aged 93, two weeks after a major stroke. 

See more photos from the emotional moment below;


The former US president, pictured here touching the coffin, joined 70 world leaders and royals including Barack Obama, Tony Blair, Prince Charles and King Felipe of Spain at the ceremony on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem
The former US president, pictured here touching the coffin, joined 70 world leaders and royals including Barack Obama, Tony Blair, Prince Charles and King Felipe of Spain at the ceremony on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem

Emotional: Bill Clinton looked close to tears as he said farewell to his friend, former Israeli President Shimon Peres
Emotional: Bill Clinton looked close to tears as he said farewell to his friend, former Israeli President Shimon Peres


US President Barack Obama eulogises former Israeli President Shimon Peres, comparing him to Nelson Mandela, the Queen and other great figures of the 20th century
US President Barack Obama eulogises former Israeli President Shimon Peres, comparing him to Nelson Mandela, the Queen and other great figures of the 20th century


Symbolic: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (centre) is also at the funeral - his first visit to Israel since 2010 - and shook Benjamin Netanyahu's hand saying it had been a 'long long time'
Symbolic: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (centre) is also at the funeral - his first visit to Israel since 2010 - and shook Benjamin Netanyahu's hand saying it had been a 'long long time'


Prince Charles represented the royal family at the funeral - and smiled at an anecdote during the ceremony 
Prince Charles represented the royal family at the funeral - and smiled at an anecdote during the ceremony 


Heartbroken: Tsvia, the daughter of former Israeli President Shimon Peres is comforted by her family as she mourns during her father's funeral
Heartbroken: Tsvia, the daughter of former Israeli President Shimon Peres is comforted by her family as she mourns during her father's funeral


Historic: Shimon Peres is pictured (left) shaking hands with the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 2001. Peres, Arafat and the third Nobel Peace Prize winner Yitzhak Rabin are all now dead. Rabin was assassinated by a Jewish settler angered by the Oslo peace accords they had agreed
Historic: Shimon Peres is pictured (left) shaking hands with the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 2001. Peres, Arafat and the third Nobel Peace Prize winner Yitzhak Rabin are all now dead. Rabin was assassinated by a Jewish settler angered by the Oslo peace accords they had agreed


Salute: Guards place the coffin of former Israeli President Shimon Peres on a podium for his funeral
Salute: Guards place the coffin of former Israeli President Shimon Peres on a podium for his funeral

Poignant: Knesset guards carry the flag-draped coffin during the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Mount Herzel national cemetery in Jerusalem
Knesset guards carry the flag-draped coffin during the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Mount Herzel national cemetery in Jerusalem


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands before the coffin after saying: 'He was a great man of Israel; he was a great man of the world'
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands before the coffin after saying: 'He was a great man of Israel; he was a great man of the world'


Laying hands: Israel's President Reuven Rivlin pays his respects at the flag-draped coffin of Shimon Peres
Laying hands: Israel's President Reuven Rivlin pays his respects at the flag-draped coffin of Shimon Peres


The US President stood with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuClose: The US President hugged Chemi Peres, the son of former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize winner
The US President stood with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and hugged Chemi Peres, the son of former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize winner


Anglo-French meeting: Prince Charles, left, greets French President Francois Hollande seriously at the start of today's funeral
Anglo-French meeting: Prince Charles, left, greets French President Francois Hollande seriously at the start of today's funeral


Bereft: Family members of former Israeli President Shimon Peres walk behind his flag-draped coffin during a ceremony at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament
Family members of former Israeli President Shimon Peres walk behind his flag-draped coffin during a ceremony at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament



Respected: Mr Peres helped set up the post-war Israeli state and was later awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1994


Final journey: Mr Peres' body starts from the  Knesset, Israel's parliament, to a plot in Israel's most famous cemetery
Final journey: Mr Peres' body starts from the  Knesset, Israel's parliament, to a plot in Israel's most famous cemetery


Moving: Mr Peres' famaily hold eachother as they follow the statesman's coffin on its journey to his final resting place
Mr Peres' famaily hold eachother as they follow the statesman's coffin on its journey to his final resting place


U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold - former French president Nicolas Sarkozy also attendedU.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold - former French president Nicolas Sarkozy also attended
U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold - former French president Nicolas Sarkozy also attended


British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson was followed into the funeral by Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauBritish Foreign Minister Boris Johnson was followed into the funeral by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson was followed into the funeral by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L), Mexican President Enrique PeÒa Nieto (2nd L) and Spanish King Felipe VI (far right) speak
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L), Mexican President Enrique PeÒa Nieto (2nd L) and Spanish King Felipe VI (far right) speak


People line up to pay respects to former Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Knesset plaza in Jerusalem
People line up to pay respects to former Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Knesset plaza in Jerusalem

Thousands gathered to pay their respects as Israel's former Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres lay in state outside parliament (pictured)
Thousands gathered to pay their respects as Israel's former Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres lay in state outside parliament (pictured)

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