The Syrian authorities have permitted the burial by the country's Jewish community of four Israeli soldiers killed in the fighting in Lebanon.
1. GV Funeral procession of four Israelis buried in Jewish cemetery. (3 SHOTS) 0.31
2. GV Mourners praying over coffins bedecked with flowers. (2 SHOTS) 0.53
3. GV Jewish youths digging graves. 0.58
4. GV Coffins lying ready to be lowered. (2 SHOTS) 1.07
5. GV INTERIOR Abdel Salam Jalloud visiting wounded Syrians in Damascus hospital, shaking hands with patients. 1.24
6. SCU Syrian Information Minister, Ahmed Iskandar. 1.27
7. SCU Jalloud at bedside, listening to soldier's account of his injury. 1.30
8. GV Jalloud moving across to meet other patients. (4 SHOTS) 2.02
9. GV Jalloud and Iskandar leaving hospital. 2.08
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Background: DAMASCUS, SYRIA
The Syrian authorities have permitted the burial by the country's Jewish community of four Israeli soldiers killed in the fighting in Lebanon. The four men were killed during a raid by Syrian forces and Palestinian guerrillas on Israeli tanks in the Sultan Yacoub area of southern Lebanon on June 13. They were buried to Jewish rites in Damascus on July 4, under supervision of the head of Syria's Jewish community, Rabbi Abraham Hamra. The coffins carried the names and portraits of the dead soldiers. While this ceremony was taking place in one part of Damascus, Syrian troops wounded in the war were visited by Major Abdel Salam Jalloud, second in command to Libya's President Colonel Gaddafi. Major Jalloud, was accompanied by the Syrian Information Minister, Ahmed Iskandar. Libya and Syria are close allies in Middle East politics. Both are leading members of the Steadfastness Front which strongly opposes Egypt's rapprochement with Israel, and both are lined by friendship treaties to the Soviet Union. The two countries are also the main Arab backers of Iran in the war against its neighbouring state Iraq.
Source: REUTERS - MAKMOUD OSKOUI AND MARWAN MAKDESI