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Veteran Counter-terrorism Officer Laid to Rest

Hundreds come to pay their final respects to Pascal Avrahami, 49, who died in an exchange of gunfire with terrorists.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 8/19/2011, 8:57 PM

Pascal Avrahami z"l
Pascal Avrahami z"l
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Counter-terrorism officer Pascal Avrahami, 49, was laid to rest on Friday afternoon in the cemetery on Mount Herzl.

Avrahami, an immigrant from France and a resident of Jerusalem, was married and a father of three children. He was killed in an exchange of fire with terrorists on Thursday evening north of Eilat. The incident occurred as Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Chief of Staff Benny Gantz were holding a press briefing on the combined terror attacks in southern Israel.

Hundreds of people arrived at the cemetery to pay their final respects to Avrahami, who was a legendary sniper with the YAMAM, Israel’s counter-terrorism unit.

Avrahami was the most veteran sniper in the unit, having served for over 25 years. He was awarded the police medal of valor in 1990 and in 1995 received the medal of distinguished service.

Among those who came to pay their respect was Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino, who praised the YAMAM’s work in helping to save the lives of innocent Israelis.

“The people of Israel owe a great deal to the YAMAM, whose actions saved lives and prevented the killing of more innocent civilians,” Danino said.

He praised Avrahami’s brave actions, saying, “There is also a great debt owed to this excellent fighter who is being laid to rest.”

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)