The funeral took place at the Bedouin village of Kuseife, near the family's place of residence.
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Police divers found the third body Sunday on the Ashkelon beach, where the Sariye brothers were swept away by the sea last week.
The funeral (Photo: Panet website)
The body was found near the site where the second body was found on Saturday.
"I was hoping that my boys would be found alive and well," the boys' father Hassan said. "Unfortunately, it all ended in a great tragedy. I had wonderful boys.
"They weren't just brothers, they were friends. On the day of the incident my eldest told me he wanted to take the family to the beach for a change of scenery. They left happy and came back dead."
The father looks at sea during the search (Photo: Ze'ev Trachtman)
The father added that "the Islam believes that everyone who dies at sea dies a saint, and I believe my sons died as saints."
MK Taleb Abu-Arar told Ynet: "Though the father lost three of his sons, he is still strong. We can learn something from him about dealing with disaster."
After the third body was identified, Southern Police District Chief Commander Yoram Halevi said: "As time went by, the hope to find survivors was gone, and the rescue teams focused on finding the bodies." He commended all the officers and volunteers who helped with the search.
According to eyewitnesses, Ateff and his cousin were the first to enter the water, and when they showed signs of distress the two other brothers tried to rescue them, but were swept away along with Ateff.
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