Leaders hail legacy of late Shimon Peres

World leaders have hailed the vision of the late Israeli leader, Shimon Peres, as he is laid to rest three days after he died at the age of 93.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described him as “a great man of the world”, as he led the eulogies.

US President Barack Obama said the presence of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the funeral was a reminder of the “unfinished business of peace”.

Mr Abbas was among dozens of foreign dignitaries attending in Jerusalem.

Security was intensified ahead of the ceremony, with several people arrested.

Delivering an emotional address, Mr Netanyahu said that while Israel and the world grieves for Mr Peres there was hope in his legacy.

“Shimon lived a life of purpose,” he told the dozens of world leaders and representatives gathered at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl cemetery.

“He soared to incredible heights. He swept so many with his vision and his hope. He was a great man of Israel. He was a great man of the world.”


BBC/Zainab Sa’id