The funeral of former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak took place in Cairo on Wednesday as his body was flown to a mosque in the city’s east by helicopter before the casket was carried out by an honour guard.
Dozens of Mubarak supporters, clad in black and carrying posters of the former president, watched the helicopter sweep in before the Republican Guard carried Mubarak’s casket out wrapped in the Egyptian flag.
Mubarak ruled Egypt for 30 years before he was ousted during the Arab Spring protests in 2011. He died Tuesday aged 91 from kidney and heart problems, having been admitted to hospital last month for intestinal surgery.
Egypt held a funeral for former dictator Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday, a day after he died in hospital in hospital from heart and kidney problems aged 91
Mubarak’s casket was taken to Cairo’s Mosheer Tantawy mosque via helicopter before being carried out by an honour guard of the Egyptian Republican Guard for the ceremony
Mubarak, who commanded Egypt’s air force during the October War against Israel before becoming the country’s leader when his predecessor and mentor was shot, led the country for three decades
Despite remaining popular among older Egyptians who honoured his war efforts, Mubarak was ousted during Arab Spring protests by mostly-young revolutionaries in 2011
Guards wait for the start of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s funeral at Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi Mosque east of Cairo
People wave at a helicopter as it lands outside Mosheer Tantawy mosque where the funeral of late former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak took place on Wednesday
Perhaps ironically, his funeral took place at the Tantawi Mosque in eastern Cairo, named for now retired Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who headed the military council that ran Egypt following Mubarak’s ouster and until the election of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2012.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi was expected to attend the service, to be followed by the burial at the cemetery in Cairo’s Heliopolis, Mubarak’s home district for most of his rule and where he lived until his death.
Gulf Arab leaders were also expected to attend the service.
‘Through his military and political career, Mubarak made undeniable achievements and sacrifices,’ the state-run al-Aharm newspaper eulogized Mubarak in its editorial Wednesday.
On Tuesday, el-Sissi offered condolences to Mubarak’s family and praised his service during the 1973 war with Israel but made no mention of his rule as president of the most populous Arab state. El-Sissy also announced three days of national mourning beginning, Wednesday.
Pro-government media paid tribute to Mubarak, focusing on his role in the 1973 war with Israel when Mubarak, a pilot by training, commanded Egypt’s air force.