Israeli, Arab Families Bury Casualties

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Funeral services were held Wednesday for a young soldier killed in a mortar shell attack near the Gaza border on Tuesday.

Cpl. Yosef Fartuk, 18, was buried at Jerusalem's Givat Shaul cemetery at 1:30 on Wednesday afternoon.

The funeral procession began from the Samarian town of Immanuel where he grew up. He was one of six siblings.

Fartuk, a new recruit who served in the armored corps, was waiting for the go-ahead to enter Gaza.

Shortly before he was killed, the young soldier wrote on his Facebook page, "Either we enter Gaza or we go home. I am on my way to Gaza," Arutz Sheva reported.

Eliyan Salem Nabari, 33, an Israeli Bedouin from the Negev who worked for the Ministry of Defense, became the fifth Israeli casualty since Operation Pillar of Defense began a week ago.

Nabari was laid to rest Tuesday evening in the cemetery in the Bedouin town of Lakia. He is survived by his wife and eight children.

Nabari's cousin, Ali, who was wounded during the attack, told the Israeli daily Ha'aretz Eliyan was a "brave and reliable man."

"He was a very brave and reliable man who wanted to work to provide for his family," Nabari said. "He has been working with us for four years, but on the first day we brought him here he was killed.  It is his fate, and may God give us and his family the strength to continue."

Last Thursday, three Israelis in Kiryat Malachi were killed when a rocket struck their four-story residence.

Palestinians fired more than 140 rockets and mortars into Israel Tuesday. Iron Dome anti-missile batteries intercepted 51 of them.

At least 30 Israeli civilians and 12 Israeli Defense Force soldiers were wounded in Tuesday's attacks.

Palestinian sources say 120 have been killed and dozens wounded since the operation began a week ago.

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