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Israel Comes to a Standstill in Memory of Fallen Troops, Terror Victims

60 soldiers and officers have joined the ranks of those who fell while serving in Israel's security forces since last Memorial Day

Israelis stand on a beach in Tel Aviv as a two-minute siren is heard in memory of fallen soldiers, May 1, 2017.
Tomer Appelbaum

Israel observed a two-minute moment of silence on Monday morning in memory of fallen troops and victims of terrorism.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid tribute to fallen troops on Monday, saying that Israel's existence depends on troops' heroism and willingness to sacrifice. 

In the year since last Memorial Day, 60 soldiers and officers have joined the ranks of those who fell while serving in Israel's security forces. The numbers were released by the Defense Ministry ahead of Memorial Day, which begins Sunday evening.

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In addition to the 60, another 37 wounded veterans died as a result their injuries over the past year, and another 11 civilians were killed in terrorist attacks.

From 1860 to date, 23,544 men and women have died defending Israel and the pre-state Jewish community.