Thousands of people are accompanying Capt. Kfir Yitzhak Franco, one of the three extremists who fell in battle in the Gaza Strip on Thursday night, on his final journey.
Franco is laid to rest in the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem. Many citizens came to his funeral, at the request of his family. Franco, a 22-year-old resident of the capital who served as a platoon commander in the 52nd Battalion of the 401st Brigade, was supposed to marry his fiancée Naama after leaving the Gaza Strip, but instead of preparing for the wedding, his family is forced to bring him for burial.
Capt. Kfir Yitzhak Franco z"l, photo: courtesy of the family
His coffin, draped in an Israeli flag, was lowered to the gravesite to the sound of flute and guitar, as many of those attending the funeral wept with great sorrow. Present at the funeral were Minister of Absorption Ofir Sofer, Minister of Intelligence Gila Gamliel and Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon.
Lt. Col. Zafrir Har-Shoshanim eulogized Franco: "Your leadership spirit moves your comrades forward. You enlisted for significant service in the Armored Corps. You were sent to an officers' course and throughout your service you saw your work as of utmost importance. Show determination and motivation. You were an excellent fighter, a fierce, a man of action. Instilling spirit and values. You went above and beyond in your soldiers. We stand here and pledge that your image will stand before our eyes. In recent weeks, Kfir has commanded and fought in Gaza in a war of no greater importance, and we will follow his light and path. I salute you in your last way, you will forever remain part of us."
The funeral of Capt. Kfir Yitzhak Franco z"l on Mount Herzl, photo: Oren Ben Hakon
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