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    Syria on Thursday (6 June) buried the bodies of eight of its soldiers, handed over by Israel.

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    Syria on Thursday (6 June) buried the bodies of eight of its soldiers, handed over by Israel.

    In a formal exchange of war dead, Syria received the eight bodies and handed over the bodies of 18 Israelis.

    The exchange took place at the Tel Shams are of the Golan Heights front, under the auspices of the International Red Cross.

    Five of the Syrian war dead were in coffins bearing their names. The three others were unidentified.

    The eight were taken in an official procession to the military "Martyrs Cemetery" near Damascus, a distance of about 40 miles (64.3 kilometres) and were buried with full military honours.

    A military band sounded the last post as roses were strewn over the tombs, and a military detachment presented arms.

    Major-General Youssef Shakkour, Syria's Army Chief of Staff, and several Ministers and senior officers attended the ceremony.

    General Shakkour said in a eulogy: "We pledge you, martyrs, that we shall not lay down our arms until the last inch of our occupied territory is freed, and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people are regained."
    SYNOPSIS: Syria on Thursday buried the bedies of eight of its soldiers killed in the conflict with Israel. The bodies were handed over to the Syrians by the Israelis in a formal exchange or war dead in the tel Shams area of the Golan Heights front. In return, Syria handed over the bodies of eighteen Israelis. The eight Syrian dead were taken in an official procession to the military Martyrs Cemetery near Damascus.

    Five of the Syrian war dead were in coffins hearing their names. The other three could not be identified. The exchange of war dead was part of the agreement to disengage Syrian and Israeli forces along the Golan Heights.

    A military band sounded the last post as roses were strewn over the tombs, and a military detachment presented arms.

    Several government ministers and senior military officers attended the funeral ceremony. Syria's Army Chief of Staff, Major-General Youssef Shakkour spoke at the burial. General Shakkour said the Syrian soldiers did not die in vain. He said Syria would continue the struggle until it recovered all its occupied territory, and the rights of the Palestinian people were regained.

    As the Syrian war dead were being buried, hundreds of Syrian prisoners of war were being flown back to Damascus from Israel. The three hundred and eighty two Arabs were exchanged for fifty six Israeli prisoners. The Arabs were mostly Syrians, but included ten Iraqis, five Moroccans and six soldiers of the Palestinian Liberation Army.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADNAHOD7TGXE6QAVPS3N695JZX
    Media URN:
    VLVADNAHOD7TGXE6QAVPS3N695JZX
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/06/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
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    N/A

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