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Airport workers at Ben-Gurion Airport unloading one of the caskets overnight. Photo by GPO
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The bodies of Emanuel and Mira Riva, the Israeli couple murdered at the Jewish Museum in Brussels over the weekend, will be laid to rest Tuesday afternoon in Tel Aviv's Kiryat Shaul cemetery.

Their bodies were returned to Israel overnight.

While there is debate whether or not the couple was killed deliberately, Belgian police are treating the incident as an act of terror.

Security camera footage from the museum showed the killer approaching the entrance to the museum quickly but calmly, carrying two bags and wearing a baseball cap that obscured his eyes from the lens. Placing one bag on the ground, he produced an automatic rifle and entered the museum for approximately one minute.

Inside, he opened fire, hitting his victims in their heads and necks, before making his escape.

Counterterrorism experts said the man’s apparent calm, quick getaway and selection of target – the museum is one of the few Jewish institutions in Brussels that is not under permanent police protection – suggest meticulous preparations and perhaps some training.