Jews killed in Paris to be buried in Israel Tuesday

  • AFP, Jerusalem
  • Updated: Jan 12, 2015 02:33 IST

Four French Jews killed during 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 at 10 am (0800 GMT) at the Mount of Olives cemetery" in Jerusalem, 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.

Officials were to meet to discuss preparations for the funeral at Netanyahu's office later on Sunday, it said.
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 0205 GMT on Tuesday.

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