Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is laid to rest

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Members of the Knesset guard carry the coffin of late Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the Knesset Plaza in Jerusalem, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Israel is holding a state memorial ceremony for the former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the country's parliament building. Monday's official ceremony in the Knesset in Jerusalem will be followed by a private burial on the family's desert ranch in southern Israel. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

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Israel's controversial former prime minister Ariel Sharon was laid to rest at his ranch in the southern Negev desert on Monday, an AFP correspondent said.

Sharon died on Saturday after spending eight years in a coma that struck him at the height of a decades-long career which saw him lauded as a military hero and statesman, but also reviled as a warmongering criminal. He was 85.

Eight military generals carried Sharon's coffin to the grave alongside that of his second wife, as a Jewish cantor intoned a traditional prayer for the dead. (AFP)


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