Israelis, world leaders gather for Peres funeral


JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis, along with dignitaries from around the world, are gathering in Jerusalem for the funeral of the country’s former President Shimon Peres.

U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, German President Joachim Gauck and scores of other world leaders are attending the funeral. Obama is one of the speakers at the ceremony.

Police have shut roads in central Jerusalem ahead of the funeral.

It is expected to be Israel’s largest since that of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Peres’ partner in peace who was killed by a Jewish nationalist in 1995.

Peres died early Wednesday of complications following a stroke. He was 93.

Peres shared a Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for attempting to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Since then, the peace process has collapsed.

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