Ex-Israeli PM Ariel Sharon laid to rest at family ranch

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been buried at his family ranch in the Negev desert, beside his late wife.

In the second of two funeral services held today, Sharon's sons Gilad and Omri Sharon, as well as Israel's Military Chief Benny Gantz, paid tribute to the statesman.

Ariel Sharon's family attend their father's funeral near his former residence Sycamore Farm in southern Israel. Credit: Reuters

Earlier, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US vice president Joe Biden paid homage to Mr Sharon at his state funeral service in Jerusalem.

Israeli army officers salute as they stand over Ariel Sharon's grave. Credit: Reuters

Mr Sharon died at the age of 85 on Saturday after spending the last eight years in a coma caused by a stroke.

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Blair's tribute to Ariel Sharon at memorial service

Tony Blair has heralded Ariel Sharon as "a giant of this land" at the state memorial service for the former Israeli prime minister, who died on Saturday. He was laid to rest at a ranch he owned near Sderot, close to Gaza.