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Sunday, 12 January 2014 - 11:30
Israelis mourn ex-leader Sharon
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Israelis are beginning a short period of mourning for ex-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon who has died aged 85 of heart failure after eight years in a coma.

The public will pay their respects when his body lies in state today before a private burial tomorrow.

Israeli and world figures have paid tribute to a man who fought in four major wars before taking to the political stage.

But there was little sorrow among Palestinians who saw him as an enemy.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama spoke of a leader "who dedicated his life to the state of Israel".

 
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