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    The people of Israel mourn their war dead. The nation is still stunned by the?

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    The people of Israel mourn their war dead. The nation is still stunned by the appalling price it has had to pay in lives in the recent war - a war which clings to a tenuous ceasefire as ways and means are sought to bring an end to the Israeli-Arab conflict.

    On Wednesday (7th November) in Tel Aviv, hundreds of mourners crowded a military cemetery as their loved ones were buried with military honours.

    More than 1800 Israeli soldiers have died in the war - considerably higher than even foreign estimates put the total of dead. This figure is a serious loss for such a small nation.

    Amid scenes of tragic heartbreak 100 of the dead soldiers were interred at the military cemetery. For many it was the first time they know there their sons and husbands bodies lay.

    Mourners beat their breast and wailed in anguish while cantors chanted the sad songs of the funeral service. Soldiers - men and women - moved among those who had come to be near their dead. They comforted them, carried them away from gravesides. The scene was one of over-whelming grief.

    Coupled wit the grief is a bitterness - a feeling which, according to observers is widespread throughout the israeli nation, and will be a difficult barrier to surmount of the rocky road to Middle East peace.

    SYNOPSIS: The scene was one of intense grief at this military cemetery near Tel Aviv on Wednesday. Hundreds of mourners rent the air with their wails of anguish as their loved ones were laid to rest. All of them victims of the Israeli-Arab conflict. The Israeli nation as whole is stunned by the severity of its losses. More than eighteen-hundred soldiers died in the fighting - a similar number were wounded and an undisclosed figure are still missing. For such a small country the price is high. Here the first dead were laid to rest - 100 of them. For the relatives it was the first time they knew where the bodies of their sons and husbands lay.

    Coupled with the grief is a bitterness a feeling which, according to observers, is widespread throughout the Israeli nation, and which it's believed will be a difficult obstacle to overcome on the path to peace.

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