Thousands of Egyptians attended the “brief” military funeral of Egypt’s former vice president Omar Suleiman and longtime spy chief of former ousted regime on Saturday, July 21. In attendance were the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi, PM Kamal al-Ganzouri, as well as representatives of President Mohamed Morsi’s office.
Weeping and screaming were loudly heard at Al-Rashdan Mosque in Nasr City in Cairo while the coffin was brought to the mosque.
The military funeral procession outside the mosque took less than five minutes.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Dr. Hussein Abaza, University professor, relative of Omar Suleiman:
“He was such a patriotic person who loved Egypt and would sacrifice himself for Egypt. He always served the country and was ready to serve it in any situation. He has always been an efficient member of the military institution. Egypt for him was the dearest to his heart.”
Funeral prayers held at the mosque and were attended by several thousand mourners in addition to Egypt's Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa and a delegation from Al-Azhar.
The mosque was heavily secured by military troops.
Supporters of Suleiman gathered outside the mosque, shouting statements against the Muslim Brotherhood as they accused the MB of conspiracy with the United States to murder Suleiman.
On the other hand, supporters of ousted president Hosni Mubarak demanded on their “Pro-Mubarak” Facebook page a quick investigation into the mysterious death of Suleiman and a public announcement of the results.
Suleiman died on Thursday, July 19, at the age of 76 at a hospital in the United States while undergoing medical tests as he suffered from lung disease as well as cardiac problems according to the Egyptian state-run Middle East News Agency (MENA).
It was Suleiman, who announced Mubarak's decision to step down from power in February 2011.
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: July 21, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: July 21, 2012
Video Size: 125 MB
1- Medium shot of mourners gathering outside at Al-Rashdan mosque in Cairo where the funeral prayers of Omar Suleiman was held.
2- Medium shot of a woman holding a poster of Omar Suleiman.
3- Various shots of mourners carrying the coffin and heading to the funeral prayers.
4- Medium shot of a large poster of Omar Suleiman held by some supporters.
5- Medium shot of a woman crying and shouting.
6- Medium shot of a woman crying and another one holding a poster of Omar Suleiman.
7- Wide shot of people gathering outside Al-Rashdan mosque.
8- Various shots of the military funeral ceremony and procession held at Nasr City district in Cairo
9- SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Dr. Hussein Abaza, University professor, relative of Omar Suleiman:
“He was such a patriotic person who loved Egypt and would sacrifice himself for Egypt. He always served the country and was ready to serve it in any situation. He has always been an efficient member of the military institution. Egypt for him was the dearest to his heart.” 10-
11- Various shots of mourners inside Al-Rashdan mosque.
12- Medium shot of military soldiers standing outside the mosque where the funeral prayers were held.
13- Medium shot of military soldiers and body guards standing around the coffin inside the Al-Rashdan mosque.
14- Long shot of The Egyptian Grand Mofti Ali Gomaa sitting in the mosque.
15- Medium shot of mourners gathering outside the mosque clapping and shouting statements against the Muslim Brotherhood.
16- Large shot of a poster of Omar Suleiman held by one of the supporters.
17- Medium shot of mourners gathering outside the mosque and shouting statements against the Muslim Brotherhood.
18- Medium, tilt up shot of the coffin, the Grand Mofti and the mourners during the funeral prayers.
19- Various shots of military soldiers and mourners carrying the coffin inside the mosque while shouting “There is no god but Allah.”
20- Medium shot of a man holding a picture of Omar Suleiman written on it “Who murdered Egypt’s intelligent Chief?” and another man kissing the picture.
21- Wide shot of two supporters of Suleiman carrying a large poster of him.