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World pauses for Rabin funeral

Rabin's casket

November 6, 1995
Web posted at: 8:20 a.m. EST (1320 GMT)

Leah Rabin

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- A slow-moving funeral procession in Jerusalem brought the body of assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin from the Israeli Knesset, or parliament, to its burial place, Mount Herzel military cemetery. Six generals loaded his coffin on a military vehicle covered in black for the three-kilometer (two-mile) drive. Rabin's family followed the pallbearers. Also in the procession was another military vehicle overflowing with memorial flowers.

Mubarek and the Clintons

Jordan's King Hussein and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak joined U.S. President Bill Clinton and dozens of other world leaders and thousands of dignitaries who traveled to Israel for the funeral service. PLO leader Yasser Arafat did not attend, citing security reasons. Syria did not send a delegation but President Hafez Al-Assad condemned Rabin's assassination as a "tragic event"

Some of those in the invitation crowd were handed blue baseball caps to protect them from the sun. Israel deployed 10,000 police, soldiers and security agents for the funeral, which government officials said would be "simple and military."

service begins

When the coffin arrived at the cemetery, sirens sounded across Israel as the nation observed two minutes of silence in honor of Rabin. Afterward, the chief rabbi of Israeli armed forces began the funeral service. Speeches will follow and later Rabin's family will accompany the coffin to the burial plot. After a brief prayer, Rabin will be buried.

On Sunday and through the night, an estimated one million Israeli mourners filed past the coffin as it lay in state at the Knesset.

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