8 August 2012

Egypt Mourns Rafah Attack Martyrs

Tens of thousands of Egyptian citizens took part on Tuesday 7/8/2012 in the funeral procession of the Rafah attack martyrs. The funeral prayers held in honour of 16 martyrs were attended by the members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), families of the martyrs and a large number of Egyptian citizens.

Mourners were topped by Chief of the SCAF Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Chief of the Staff of the Armed Forces Lt. Gen. Samy Anan, Grand Emam of al-Azhar Dr. Ahmed al-Tayyeb, representative of the Egyptian church, former Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri, former presidential candidate Amr Moussa, ex-prime minister Essam Sharaf, State Senior officials, high ranking officers of the Armed Forces and a large number of public figures.

During the funeral procession, mourners chanted slogans confirming that the people and the army are one hand. They also denounced terrorism and called for retaliation.

The Presidential Spokesman Dr. Yasser Ali said that President Mohamed Morsi has delegated SCAF Chief Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi to top the funeral procession as the President visited those injured in the treacherous attack at Koubbeh military hospital.

Ali said the funeral procession was a public funeral and the president wanted it to remain so.

Morsi did not want to bother the public with the tight security measures that would be imposed in case he attended, Ali said.

On the other hand, Interior Minister Ahmed Gamal-Eddien said Egypt has received six charred bodies of the perpetrators of the attack from the Israeli authorities. Bodies and remnants of the perpetrators of the attack were moved from al-Arish public hospital morgue to the forensic medicine department in Cairo. Medical and security sources said all necessary analyses would be made adding analyzing the bodies would uncover the identity of perpetrators.

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