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Egyptian troops ready to free kidnapp...
Sinai, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
22 May 2013

Story: Egyptian troops ready to free kidnapped soldiers

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 21, 2013
Shooting Location: Sinai, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 21, 2013
Length: 00:01:44
Video Size: 85.4 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of army vehicle movement in Sinai
  2. Various shots of army vehicles
  3. Wide shot of armored vehicle deployed in Sinai, Rafah Crossing border area
  4. Wide shot of the gate of the Rafah Crossing Border closed in protest against the kidnap of the soldiers
  5. Various shots of armored vehicles deployed outside the border
  6. Medium shot of the gate of the border while police closed it and hanging banners at the gate reading (the sit-in will continue until the release of the soldiers)
  7. Various shots of Rafah Crossing Border area
  8. Medium shot of a banner reading (This is a sit-in and not a protest or a vigil)
  9. Various shots of the Rafah Crossing Border while being closed with banners demanding the release of the kidnapped soldiers

STORYLINE:

Egypt’s Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said that the Egyptian security forces are fully ready to implement a plan to release the seven kidnapped soldiers in Sinai.

The minister said in a statement to the Independent Egyptian newspaper al-Watan that they already have sent 30 armored vehicles, 90 battle groups, special police units tasked with special duties (to free the hostages), noting that the armed forces won’t take part in the operation and its role is limited to the siege of the region.

The entrances to the governorate of Sinai also witnessed a heavy security presence.

Security forces managed to identify the area where the kidnapped have been detained, according to the statement.

On the other hand, the Egyptian army intensified its presence in Sinai by sending more troops, getting ready for a possible military operation to release the seven kidnapped soldiers.

A military source in Sinai said troops are ready for launching the military operation for freeing the seven abducted soldiers and that troops were waiting for the zero hour.

The source added that a military operation to free the soldiers is ready, but they are still waiting for the orders of the president.

The special operations troops which have arrived in Sinai earlier are characterized by a high level of training as they contain members of the contingent 777 which is specialized in combating terrorism and the implementation of these operations.

First Undersecretary of Health Ministry in North Sinai Dr. Tareq Khater said the state of emergency was announced in all the governorate hospitals.

The Egyptian presidency said earlier that all options were open in dealing with the kidnappers of the Sinai soldiers and securing their release.

Police stations in North Sinai have announced a strike in support of the Rafah and Ouga crossings and in protest against the continuation of the crisis of the abducted soldiers.

The Rafah crossing with Gaza still closed for a fifth consecutive day on Tuesday. The police said they would not reopen Rafah crossing until their kidnapped colleagues were released.

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Bedouin Women Struggling through Trad...
Arish, Egypt
By zeer news
21 May 2013

Background:

The place of women within the tribal system of the Bedouins of North Sinai is very restricted and anchored to very specific traditions. The situation of Bedouin women, in fact, is connected to the tribal structure. In the Bedouin culture, the status of families is determined by their size. Women are thus both venerated and marginalized to the role of "birth givers". 
Therefore, Bedouin women are obliged to marry as soon as possible and they are subject not only to a strict cultural code, but also to a strict sexual code of conduct. Each individual, through his action, represents his family as a whole in the society. Each shameful or not acceptable conduct will damage the honor of the entire family. 
Being subject to these strict codes and rules, only a very small minority of Bedouin women have access to the public sphere and to social life outside the domestic walls.
In this reportage it will be shown the voices of both Bedouin and Egyptian women and men, that are fighting for a social change for Bedouin women, and that explain the situation for women in Sinai.

Selwa el Hirsh, an active woman of the Billi tribe of Rabaa (near Bir el Abd) shows her struggle in trying to enable Bedouin women to integrate in the economical sphere of their families through handicraft. She explains the importance of women in participating in the economy of the family.
Mona Barhoum, is an activist in Rafah, engaged on women and development issues. She gave more then 5000 ID to Bedouin women and she run as a candidate in the last parliamentary elections.
Sheikh Arafat, a sufi sheikh of the tribe of the Sawarka, is the director of the Al Gora Society (in al Gora, in the nearby of Sheikh Zwaid), an NGO working on human rights and development in Sinai.
Said Hytaiek is a Bedouin activist of Sheikh Zwaid, explaining how the policies of the last 30 years on Sinai didn't bring any progress on the women issues in the region.
Sheikh Goma el Tarrabin, a member of the most facultous families of the Tarrabin, and very famous smuggler, explains ( only audio) the traditions and marriage in the tribal system.
Sheikh Abd el Hendy, an Orfi judge (the traditional Bedouin legislation) of Chabaana, in the nearby of Sheikh Zwaid explains the legislative status of women in the Bedouin traditions.

Shotlist:

00:00 - 01:00 Selwa El Hirsh: “In the name of Allah my name is Selwa el Hirsh, a leader for the women of North Sinai. I am a Bedouin, the tribe of Baradeya, family el-Hirsh.
We have here six places: Bir el Abd, Sinai is Bir el Abd, el Arish, this is the capital, Sheikh Zwaid, Rafah, el-Hassala, Nekhel. We have six areas in North Sinai. Women in the past were very weak, she tried to cultivate to help her husband to grow her boys, girls in the house. There is no learning, no culture, nothing, only she was growing some sheep in the house.”

Images: man on the beach of el-Arish, el Arish University, militaries walking on the beach of el Arish, Chabaana (Sheikh Zwaid )peach trees, palm trees of the beach of El Arish, rooftops and building of el Arish, Orfi tribunal in Chabaana, fruit trees in Bir el Abd, woman with child in her balcony, children playing in Rabaa village, sheep in cage in Chaabana.

01:00- 02:04 Sheikh Arafat (director of Al-Gora Society): “Despite all the services we do for women, there is still a lot of challenges in Sinai community because of the uneducated ones and because the women they cannot finish their education in so many places in this region. And the other places the girls leaving school in the primary school because there are no preparatory or high schools for them. At some other places they stop at high schools because there are no universities and sometimes the university is too far and not easy to reach.”

Images: Bedouin men in peach trees in Chabaana, Flyer of Al-Gora Society activities on women, two Bedouin women in traditional clothes and baby, particular of the mother holding the baby, Bedouin women and the baby, village of Sheikh Zwaid with girls and donkey chariot.

02:04- 02:34 Said Hytaiek (activist):
“The women in Sinai suffer a lot because she lives in a men community that does not believe in the woman goal nor the woman rights. And she lives in a community that puts her role only inside the house.”

Images: Women with Niqab and baby walking in the street, main street of El Arish.

02:34- 03:11 Goma Tarrabin (Tarrabin rich man and smuggler):
“My name is Goma Abu Sahba Tarabin tribe, Sinai, Egyptian citizen like any other Egyptian citizen, Muslim, Arab and we have our custom and tradition in our community that we cannot change. The women’s state in Sinai is not like anywhere else. And because of our customs and traditions that we have for long time, from our grand-grandparents, we can’t change the women state in 10 or 20 years.”

Images: Bedouin men and children in a Bedouin hut on the beach of el Arish, children in the hut, beach of el Arish, Bedouin man preparing Shisha.

03:11– 03:38 Selwa el Hirsh:
“We have here rules, in Sinai, between the tribes. We have rules. No one from the other tribes can touch me. Ok? We have rules here, but now no one care about the rules, women not safe, families not safe, the adults not safe.”

03:38- 04:11 Goma Tarrabin:
“one of the problems women faces in Sinai is education, marriage, even in growing up their children and sometimes the husband gets married more than two or three times. The average of getting married in the Bedouin community starts from 16.”

Images: Bedouin women with children, two Bedouin women (one working) with children, Bedouin teenager girls preparing tea on the seaside.

04:11- 05:39 Judge Abd el Hady (Orfi judge):
“I am el haj abdel hady atteia hassan, from Ashira el Mansoureya, I am an Orfi judge. And one of the most important people in Sinai. The Orfi law is when the people have some problems and they have to sit with Orfi to solve the disputes. The society gives to women a lot of options, a lot of freedom, for ex is she can go to all the houses, so now she is a strange person there, so the father of the house deals with her like if he was her owner. If she wants to divorce she can. If she wants rights, give her the rights. She goes to Massaid and Massaid take a lot of care of her.”

Images: particular of hands taking a cigarette, inside the Bedouin Tribunal, men listening to the judge, three Bedouin men in the tribunal listening to the judge, portrait of one man listening to the judge, portrait of another Bedouin smoking a cigarette and listening to the judge, outside of the Tribunal judge talking with a man, zoom on judge talking with the man.

05:39- 06:59 Selwa el Hirsh:
“Some of us(women) are educated, and we have a job. But the others women here don't have a job, and she wants to help her husband, she wants to make something in the family, for her family. These productions help the family to have many money, so she is trying her husband to bring money to her, she want to increase the income of the family. Our grandmothers give us this: When I was a child my mother gave me one piece and she asked me to look at her and to teach me how to do it. Since the childhood until she becomes an hold woman. All her life. If she increases the income, the Governorate increases its income, the country, all Egypt, increases its income. Our economy is low now, we want to raise our economy, by cultivating Sinai, by these productions, by make factories.”

Images: particular of hands of woman working on handicraft, Bedouin women working, other Bedouin woman sitting beside her husband while she works, handicraft clothes in the trade show in Arish University, Bedouin women laughing with her husband, Bedouin family sitting all together under the shadow of a tree while women are working, old Bedouin woman, market in Arish, manequins of women clothes.

06:59- 07:25 Said Hytaiek:
“ we want to have a civil country to give the woman all her rights, even Mubarak did not commit on the rights of the women and the state organizations they have never given any solutions to solve all the women’s problem in Sinai, or even all over Egypt.”

Images: Arish downtown, woman in Niqab with two daughters crossing the street, Arish downtown, two women (one veiled one in Niqab) with their children.

07:25- 07:48 Selwa el Hirsh:
“Hosni Mubarak government and Morsi government, all of them don't care about Sinai. They (the women) are trying, in politics, to have places in politics in Sinai, on the TV, they want to appear to speak about problems in Sinai.”

Images: Selwa presenting handicraft products made by Bedouin women, Selwa talking with a man.

07:48- 08:56 Mona Barhoum (political activist):
“The situation of women in Sinai, is the same like all the Egyptian women. They got backward in everything that they gained before the revolution, like their membership in the local committees and making the decisions.
The main issue is that there is no faith in woman role in the political life by the political parties. And she is very welcome when she is voting, but she is not when she is a member. As Sinai people now we ask the actual government to invest and develop Sinai.”

Images: Mona walking in the entrance of the court, Mona with her cat, portrait of Bedouin woman in traditional clothes, two Bedouin women with kids in the garden of the house, Bedouin woman eating fruits from a tree, Mona going outside of her house.

08:56- 09:10 Selwa el Hirsh:
“Everything is related to the woman, Woman is member of this society. If the society is good the woman will be good, if the society is bad, the woman will be bad. Everything is back to us.”

Images : Bedouin girls playing a game on the sand.

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First Disabled Man To Climb St. Cathe...
Cairo, Egypt
By zeer news
11 May 2013

Mazen, the first disabled person to climb St Catherine mountain in Sinai, promoting rights for disabled in Egypt

Background:

Mazen is the first disabled person to climb Mount Saint Catherine in Sinai, to promote rights for the handicapped in Egypt. Mazen contracted polio when he was 3 years old, while he was escaping Iraq with his family during the First Gulf War.

According to World Health Organization’s statistics, 10% of Egypt’s total population suffers from physical or mental disabilities. The 1975 Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons law didn't bring progress to the living conditions of the disabled. During the two years that followed the revolution, with 18 months of military rule followed by the Muslim Brotherhood’s government, Egypt’s handicapped population, estimated at over 8 million, continue to face more of the same problems. The precarious and difficult situation in a city like Cairo, one of the most chaotic in the world due to a substantial lack of infrastructure, is unfortunately only one of the many problems handicapped people face in Egypt. A lack of rights, health care and increased social marginalization inspired Mazen, who has been handicapped since the age of 3, to get involved in political activism, prompting him to join the 6th of April movement in 2010.

In November 2012, during the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes, Mazen lost his close friend and companion of the 6th of April movement, Gika. Since then, he decided to change his methods of protest, and to start a more responsible and peaceful activism campaign through symbolic actions.

Three months ago, he completed the first of several actions, climbing the Keops pyramid in Giza. On the 6th of April 2013, for the anniversary of the movement, he decided to climb the 1586 m and 750 stairs of mount Saint Catherine in Sinai.

Shots:
00:00 - 00: 44 sec intro VO

Mazen is the first disabled person to climb mount Sinai, promoting rights for handicapped people in Egypt.

According to World Health Organization, 10% of Egypt’s population, over 8 million people suffer from a disability. The Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons law of 1975 didn't improve their living conditions. In Egypt little attention is paid to the difficulties of the handicapped, especially in Cairo, one of the most chaotic cities in the world, there is a shortage of infrastructure to the assist their mobility. This is compounded by the lack of rights, poor health care and social marginalization. Mazen, handicapped since the age of 3, was inspired to get involved in political activism, before the revolution.

00:44 – 01:39 interview : presentation and problems of handicapped people in Egypt

“I am Mazen Hamza, I am 26 years old. I was born in 1987 in Iraq. I came in Egypt during the First Gulf War. I contracted the polio when I was three years old because of the vaccination. ”

“The problems that handicapped people suffer here in Egypt have been the reason why I decided to enter political activism, in order to send a message to the entire world, that handicapped people have to be integrated into society. We have problems in all aspects, in transportation, in education, in work, in housing, in airplanes, and mostly in the treatment we received by the government. I mean the government does not know how to treat handicapped people.”

01:40 – 02:03 political activism VO 6th of April / sit-in of 6th of April in front of the Ministry of Interior

Mazen became a political activist in February 2011 when he joined the 6th of April movement, the most active civil rights movements in Egypt. He first participated in debates, demonstrations and sit-ins.

In November 2012, during the clash with Security Forces and the Military Government, Mazen lost his close friend Gika, a fellow activist. This inspired him to begin a campaign of peaceful activism through symbolic demonstrations.

02:04- 02:47 Interview talk about gika / inside Gika's family house

“The death of Gika influenced us a lot. He was a boy that put a beautiful energy within us. Climbing the Cheope Pyramid has been only the beginning of many activities in urban, historical and religious places. We started by climbing the pyramid and it has had a lot of success, we heard good feedback from the people. I am not speaking about the public’s opinion, but from the other activists.”

02:48- 03:18 VO actions: Saint Catherine

Three months ago, Mazen completed the first of his demonstrations, climbing the Haram Cheope, the great pyramid of Giza. Then, on April 6, for the seventh anniversary of the movement, he climbed the 1586 m of Mount Sinai including the 750 “stairs of penitence”. In the Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions, Mount Sinai is where Moses received the Ten Commandments. Overcoming his physical limitations, Mazen reached the summit in order to raise awareness for the disabled population and to remember those who died for human rights in Egypt.

03:18- 05:12 climbing St Cathrine, reaching the summit

05:12- 05: 27 interview St. Cathrine

“I would like the world to be aware of what’s going on in Egypt. For this reason I climbed St Catherine mountain, where Moses spoke with his God, to bring his speech all around the world, and I am doing the same thing to make people care about the handicapped women, children, and society and in general human rights.”

05: 28 Mazen Screaming the name of “Gika”.

Other text (Arabic translation):

“When I found out that there were young people ready for revolution, I joined them for months to take down the regime, and change the system. After two years I feel that nothing has changed. We have a new president, but the same system, so I tried to be different.

I started to work with the movement by participating in demonstrations and other activities. When I found out about the 6th of April movement, I joined it immediately. I joined the movement on the anniversary of the clashes of Mohammed Mahmud. In the Moquattam group, I was just an activist, but after I became responsible for social policies. I joined many events, especially for handicapped people’s rights.”

I attend a lot of conference to spread their voices everywhere, and to raise awareness of the problems of disabled people.
I tried to see the system separately from religious or historic dogma. I would like the world to be aware of what’s going on in Egypt. For this reason I climbed St Catherine mountain, where Moses spoke with his God, to bring his speech all around the world. And I am doing the same thing to make people care about the handicapped, women, children, and society and in general human rights,

We have a problem with the system. Politicians don’t listen to our demands, but we will make them listen and change their policies to how young people want them.

I am a citizen who sees that people will soon organize themselves to bring a real change. Tomorrow will be better, but now we still need to spend a lot of energy, even if we already spent a lot. That’s why we are climbing St. Catherine mountain, we already climbed 2350 meters and we only have to climb 750 stairs. That is the fight with myself against the system and the entire world, and I will do more, or my efforts will be vane.

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THE BLIND SHEIKH; 14 SENTENCED IN SIN...
Middle East
By Editor's Picks
24 Sep 2012

On Monday, September 24, Ismailia Criminal Court sentenced 14 members of a militant group with the death penalty for attacking a police station in the city of Al-Arish, North Sinai, last year and killing several army and police officers.

With Egyptian President Morsi's visit to New York for UN General Assembly meetings, the family of the blind Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman appealed to him to seek the release of the Sheikh, who is imprisoned in the US having been convicted of seditious conspiracy in the World Trade Center Bombing in 1993.

With massive destruction in the city of Aleppo apparent on this street behind Dar Al Shifa hospital, along with a lack of employees due to the ongoing crisis, garbage accumulates threatening the spread of contagious diseases.

The American University of Cairo raised tuition prices by 7%, increasing the cost of education to nearly $25,000 and leading students to stage an ongoing strike that forced the administration to suspend all classes until further notice.

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Editor's Picks 16 September 2012
Middle East
By Editor's Picks
15 Sep 2012

Cairo Calms Down After Violent Protests

Gunmen Open Fire At Arish Police Department, North Sinai

Morsi & Bashir Discuss Regional Developments Between Egypt And Sudan

Crowds Gathered In Jordan, Shaking Their Shoes At America
Friday Night Unrest At US Embassy In Jordan

Azaz, Syria's northernmost border with Turkey, has seen its share of fighting and now lives with the remnants. Bombed out schools, tanks and factories are whats left for the villagers whose children enjoy playing on the tanks.

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Editor's Picks 15 Aug 2012
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
14 Aug 2012

Since the attacks, clashes, and ongoing raids in search of suspected gunmen in the Sinai, Egypt closed off the smuggling tunnels and opened up the Rafah border to Gaza on Tuesday, August 14. Many Palestinians from Gaza cross into Egypt seeking medical attention, while pilgrims returning from Mecca are headed home. At the same time, the Egyptian military continues with their campaign to secure the North Sinai region, unearthing "suspected terrorists."

A separate incident near the Al Arish airport occurred when an oil truck exploded, killing the driver and injuring two others.

Upon signing a $200 million USD loan from the World Bank to Egypt, Prime Minister Kandil also revealed that World Bank representatives will arrive the following week to discuss further loans in the amount of $3.2 billion USD. The loans will be directed at economic recovery in Egypt, creating jobs and infrastructure.

Meanwhile, President Morsi is seeing mixed reactions to the dissolution of the Complementary Constitutional Declaration as well as his unexpected decision to replace Tantawi as head of Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. Several who support the decision remain skeptical to the long-term impact while some fear the decisions could be a step toward handing the Muslim Brotherhood more power.

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Sinai Collection August 2012
Rafah, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
12 Aug 2012

Collection of videos from ongoing events in the Sinai, Egypt. Starting with coverage about the 16 border guards killed, reactions of the Egyptian military, President Morsi, people of the region, and Gaza, as well as events that followed.

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Editor's Picks for 13 Aug 2012: Sinai...
Cairo, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
12 Aug 2012

Includes video footage of the aftermath of the military retaliation on suspected attackers in Sinai, archive footage of goods being moved through Gaza/Rafah tunnels, the new Defense Minister & Vice President taking oaths in front of Morsi, and the public's reaction in Tahrir Square to Tantawi leaving.

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Gunmen Attack Police Station In Sinai...
Al Arish, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
12 Aug 2012

Ongoing clashes with gunmen in the Sinai have the Egyptian military responding with heavy security presence of armored vehicles and armed soldiers deployed outside Al-Arish Police Station 2 on Sunday evening, August 12.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: August 12, 2012 (and archive)
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: August 12, 2012
Length: 0:00:57
Video Size: 47.4 MB
Language:
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: Egyptian State TV

SHOTLIST:

  1. Various shots of the area surrounding the building of the police station
  2. Various external shots of Al-Arish Police Station
  3. Medium shot, the signboard of the police station with the name written on it
  4. Various shots of armored vehicles and armed police men securing the police station building
  5. Various shots of traffic around the building amid massive security presence
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Editor's Picks for 10 Aug 2012
Sinai, Egypt
By Editor's Picks
10 Aug 2012

Video Footage from the Sinai showing tunnels and the Egyptian military heading to seal them off.

Photo collection from the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, showing refugee families from Syria.

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Egypt Military Sends Heavy Equipment ...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
08 Aug 2012

Egypt’s army started on Thursday, August 9, sending heavy equipment on large trucks to Rafah, North Sinai, to start sealing off the smuggling tunnels between Egypt’s Rafah and the besieged Gaza Strip.

The move comes in reaction to the recent bloody attacks by gunmen that killed 16 army soldiers and injured at least seven.

The trucks were loaded with armored vehicles, rock drillers, tractors, cranes and other heavy equipment to be used for sealing off the smuggling tunnels.

Security sources at Rafah Border Crossing said that the military forces would continue sealing off those tunnels in the coming few days, stressing that they posed a constant threat to Egypt’s national security.

Security officials also said that there were about 1,200 smuggling tunnels between Egypt and Gaza Strip, and the giant equipment that were brought in would be used for sealing them off.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCSS
Shooting Dateline: August 9, 2012
Shooting Location: Rafah, North Sinai, Egypt
Publishing Time: August 9, 2012
Length: 0:01:39
Video Size: 81.4 MB
Language: Arabic
Column:
Organized by:
Correspondent:
Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots of large trucks transferring armored vehicles with army soldiers on the top of them
2. Various shots of armored vehicles touring the main roads in North of Sinai
3. Various shots of large trucks heading to the North of Sinai while transferring armored vehicles
4. Various shots of trucks carrying heaving equipment, brought to begin sealing off the smuggling tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip

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Military Funeral of the Rafah Border ...
Cairo, Egypt
By wailgzoly.911
07 Aug 2012

Soldiers carry the body of one of the victims at
the funeral of the 16 Egyptian security officers who were killed by unknown gunmen Sunday afternoon.
The military funeral began today after noon prayers. A large number of people raised their shoes in Prime Minister Hesham Kandil's face, his car was vandalized, and they chanted against him. The car was damaged, and the minister’s guards were forced to take a different street to avoid further assaults.
President Mohamed Morsi was scheduled to attend the funeral but did not appear.

Several other figures attended, including Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, and Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb, as well as former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi, Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, and Amr Moussa. The Salafi Nour Party and the Salafi Dawah were also represented at the funeral.

The funeral prayers were performed at Aal Rashdan Mosque in Nasr City.

Morsi was also scheduled to visit the seven guards who were injured in the attack afterward.

Ambulances transported coffins of soldiers to the Unknown Soldier Memorial for the military funeral.

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Military funeral of the Rafah border ...
Nasr City, Egypt
By Transterra Egypt
07 Aug 2012

Soldiers carry the body of one of the victims at
the funeral of the 16 Egyptian security officers who were killed by unknown gunmen Sunday afternoon.
The military funeral began today after noon prayers. A large number of people raised their shoes in Prime Minister Hesham Kandil's face, his car was vandalized, and they chanted against him. The car was damaged, and the minister’s guards were forced to take a different street to avoid further assaults.
President Mohamed Morsi was scheduled to attend the funeral but did not appear.

Several other figures attended, including Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, and Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb, as well as former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi, Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, and Amr Moussa. The Salafi Nour Party and the Salafi Dawah were also represented at the funeral.

The funeral prayers were performed at Aal Rashdan Mosque in Nasr City.

Morsi was also scheduled to visit the seven guards who were injured in the attack afterward.

Ambulances transported coffins of soldiers to the Unknown Soldier Memorial for the military funeral.
Ambulances transported the coffins of soldiers to the Unknown Soldier Memorial for the military funeral.

00:47

A civilian holds a chart written on it "Egypt bids farewell to its martyrs of treason and
betrayal."

01:01

Families of victims and civilians ask for Morsi to leave.

01:39

Military funeral begins

01:46

A civilian tries to throw flowers on the coffins and military soldiers forbid him.

02:01

A mother of one of the martyrs mourns her son

02:24

Military officers salutes the coffins of the martyrs

02:35

Military officers forbid journalists from taking shots so as not to stand in the way of the funeral.
2:50

Coffins of the martyrs reach the Unknown Soldier Memorial.

3:43

One of the martyr's families close to a coffin of one of the martyrs getting ready to move the body to his hometown.
04:37

Fights between supporters of Morsi and supporters of SCAF about who is responsible for the massacre.

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Military Funeral of the Rafah Border ...
Cairo, Egypt
By wailgzoly.911
07 Aug 2012

Soldiers carry the body of one of the victims at the funeral of the 16 Egyptian security officers who were killed by unknown gunmen Sunday afternoon.
The military funeral began Tuesday after noon prayers. A large number of people raised their shoes in Prime Minister Hesham Kandil's face, his car was vandalized, and they chanted against him. The car was damaged, and the minister’s guards were forced to take a different street to avoid further assaults.
President Mohamed Morsi was scheduled to attend the funeral but did not appear.

Several other figures attended, including Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, and Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb, as well as former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi, Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, and Amr Moussa. The Salafi Nour Party and the Salafi Dawah were also represented at the funeral.

The funeral prayers were performed at Aal Rashdan Mosque in Nasr City.

Morsi was also scheduled to visit the seven guards who were injured in the attack afterward.

Ambulances transported coffins of soldiers to the Unknown Soldier Memorial for the military funeral.

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Military Funeral of the Rafah Border ...
Cairo, Egypt
By wailgzoly.911
07 Aug 2012

Soldiers carry the body of one of the victims at the funeral of the 16 Egyptian security officers who were killed by unknown gunmen Sunday afternoon.
The military funeral began Tuesday after noon prayers. A large number of people raised their shoes in Prime Minister Hesham Kandil's face, his car was vandalized, and they chanted against him. The car was damaged, and the minister’s guards were forced to take a different street to avoid further assaults.
President Mohamed Morsi was scheduled to attend the funeral but did not appear.

Several other figures attended, including Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, and Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb, as well as former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi, Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, and Amr Moussa. The Salafi Nour Party and the Salafi Dawah were also represented at the funeral.

The funeral prayers were performed at Aal Rashdan Mosque in Nasr City.

Morsi was also scheduled to visit the seven guards who were injured in the attack afterward.

Ambulances transported coffins of soldiers to the Unknown Soldier Memorial for the military funeral.

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Military Funeral of the Rafah Border ...
Cairo, Egypt
By wailgzoly.911
07 Aug 2012

Soldiers carry the body of one of the victims at the funeral of the 16 Egyptian security officers who were killed by unknown gunmen Sunday afternoon.
The military funeral began Tuesday after noon prayers. A large number of people raised their shoes in Prime Minister Hesham Kandil's face, his car was vandalized, and they chanted against him. The car was damaged, and the minister’s guards were forced to take a different street to avoid further assaults.
President Mohamed Morsi was scheduled to attend the funeral but did not appear.

Several other figures attended, including Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, and Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb, as well as former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi, Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, and Amr Moussa. The Salafi Nour Party and the Salafi Dawah were also represented at the funeral.

The funeral prayers were performed at Aal Rashdan Mosque in Nasr City.

Morsi was also scheduled to visit the seven guards who were injured in the attack afterward.

Ambulances transported coffins of soldiers to the Unknown Soldier Memorial for the military funeral.

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Military Funeral of the Rafah Border ...
Cairo, Egypt
By wailgzoly.911
07 Aug 2012

The victims' families are preparing the coffins of their sons for transfer to the cemetery.

Soldiers carry the body of one of the victims at the funeral of the 16 Egyptian security officers who were killed by unknown gunmen Sunday afternoon.
The military funeral began Tuesday after noon prayers. A large number of people raised their shoes in Prime Minister Hesham Kandil's face, his car was vandalized, and they chanted against him. The car was damaged, and the minister’s guards were forced to take a different street to avoid further assaults.
President Mohamed Morsi was scheduled to attend the funeral but did not appear.

Several other figures attended, including Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, and Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb, as well as former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi, Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, and Amr Moussa. The Salafi Nour Party and the Salafi Dawah were also represented at the funeral.

The funeral prayers were performed at Aal Rashdan Mosque in Nasr City.

Morsi was also scheduled to visit the seven guards who were injured in the attack afterward.

Ambulances transported coffins of soldiers to the Unknown Soldier Memorial for the military funeral.

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Military Funeral of the Rafah Border ...
Cairo, Egypt
By wailgzoly.911
07 Aug 2012

Families of the victims farewell the coffins of their sons.

Soldiers carry the body of one of the victims at the funeral of the 16 Egyptian security officers who were killed by unknown gunmen Sunday afternoon.
The military funeral began Tuesday after noon prayers. A large number of people raised their shoes in Prime Minister Hesham Kandil's face, his car was vandalized, and they chanted against him. The car was damaged, and the minister’s guards were forced to take a different street to avoid further assaults.
President Mohamed Morsi was scheduled to attend the funeral but did not appear.

Several other figures attended, including Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, and Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb, as well as former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi, Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, and Amr Moussa. The Salafi Nour Party and the Salafi Dawah were also represented at the funeral.

The funeral prayers were performed at Aal Rashdan Mosque in Nasr City.

Morsi was also scheduled to visit the seven guards who were injured in the attack afterward.

Ambulances transported coffins of soldiers to the Unknown Soldier Memorial for the military funeral.

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Military Funeral of the Rafah Border ...
Cairo, Egypt
By wailgzoly.911
07 Aug 2012

Families of the victims farewell the coffins of their sons at the funeral of the 16 Egyptian security officers who were killed by unknown gunmen Sunday afternoon.
The military funeral began Tuesday after noon prayers. A large number of people raised their shoes in Prime Minister Hesham Kandil's face, his car was vandalized, and they chanted against him. The car was damaged, and the minister’s guards were forced to take a different street to avoid further assaults.
President Mohamed Morsi was scheduled to attend the funeral but did not appear.

Several other figures attended, including Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, and Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb, as well as former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi, Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, and Amr Moussa. The Salafi Nour Party and the Salafi Dawah were also represented at the funeral.

The funeral prayers were performed at Aal Rashdan Mosque in Nasr City.

Morsi was also scheduled to visit the seven guards who were injured in the attack afterward.

Ambulances transported coffins of soldiers to the Unknown Soldier Memorial for the military funeral.

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Military funeral of the Rafah border ...
Cairo, Egypt
By wailgzoly.911
07 Aug 2012

Soldiers at the funeral of the 16 Egyptian security officers who were killed by unknown gunmen Sunday afternoon.
The military funeral began Tuesday after noon prayers. A large number of people raised their shoes in Prime Minister Hesham Kandil's face, his car was vandalized, and they chanted against him. The car was damaged, and the minister’s guards were forced to take a different street to avoid further assaults.
President Mohamed Morsi was scheduled to attend the funeral but did not appear.

Several other figures attended, including Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, and Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb, as well as former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi, Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, and Amr Moussa. The Salafi Nour Party and the Salafi Dawah were also represented at the funeral.

The funeral prayers were performed at Aal Rashdan Mosque in Nasr City.

Morsi was also scheduled to visit the seven guards who were injured in the attack afterward.

Ambulances transported coffins of soldiers to the Unknown Soldier Memorial for the military funeral.

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Military Funeral of the Rafah Border ...
Cairo, Egypt
By wailgzoly.911
07 Aug 2012

Soldiers at the funeral of the 16 Egyptian security officers who were killed by unknown gunmen Sunday afternoon
The military funeral had began Tuesday afternoon with prayers. A large number of people raised their shoes at Prime Minister Hesham Kandil's face, his car was vandalized face, and they chanted against him. The car's glass was damaged, and the minister’s guards were forced to take a different street to avoid further assaults.
President Mohamed Morsi was scheduled to attend the funeral but did not appear.

Several other figures attended, including Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, and Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb, as well as former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi, Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, and Amr Moussa. The Salafi Nour Party and the Salafi Dawah were also represented at the funeral.

The funeral prayers were performed at Aal Rashdan Mosque in Nasr City.

Morsi was also scheduled to visit the seven guards who were injured in the attack afterward.

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Military Funeral of the Rafah Border ...
Cairo, Egypt
By wailgzoly.911
07 Aug 2012

the funeral of the 16 Egyptian security officers who were killed by unknown gunmen Sunday afternoon
The military funeral had began Tuesday afternoon with prayers. A large number of people raised their shoes at Prime Minister Hesham Kandil's face and his car was vandalized. The car's glass was damaged, and the minister’s guards were forced to take a different street to avoid further assaults.

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Military Funeral of the Rafah Border ...
Cairo, Egypt
By wailgzoly.911
07 Aug 2012

Egyptian citizen carries flowers for the Rafah victims.
The military funeral had began Tuesday afternoon with prayers. large number of people raised their shoes at Prime Minister Hesham Kandil's face and his car was vandalized. The car's glass was damaged, and the minister’s guards were forced to take a different street to avoid further assaults.

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Military Funeral of the Rafah Border ...
Cairo, Egypt
By wailgzoly.911
07 Aug 2012

Unknown Soldier Memorial where the victims of the Rafah attacks were honored.
The military funeral began Tuesday afternoon with prayers. A large number of people raised their shoes at Prime Minister Hesham Kandil's face, his car was vandalized, and they chanted against him. The car was damaged, and the minister’s guards were forced to take a different street to avoid further assaults.
President Mohamed Morsi was scheduled to attend the funeral but did not appear.

Several other figures attended, including Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, and Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb, as well as former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi, Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, and Amr Moussa. The Salafi Nour Party and the Salafi Dawah were also represented at the funeral.

The funeral prayers were performed at Aal Rashdan Mosque in Nasr City.

Morsi was also scheduled to visit the seven guards who were injured in the attack afterward.

Ambulances transported coffins of soldiers to the Unknown Soldier Memorial for the military funeral.

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Military Funeral of the Rafah Border ...
Cairo, Egypt
By wailgzoly.911
07 Aug 2012

Soldiers carry the body of one of the victims at
the funeral of the 16 Egyptian security officers who were killed by unknown gunmen Sunday afternoon.
The military funeral began today after noon prayers. A large number of people raised their shoes in Prime Minister Hesham Kandil's face, his car was vandalized, and they chanted against him. The car was damaged, and the minister’s guards were forced to take a different street to avoid further assaults.
President Mohamed Morsi was scheduled to attend the funeral but did not appear.

Several other figures attended, including Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, and Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb, as well as former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi, Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh, and Amr Moussa. The Salafi Nour Party and the Salafi Dawah were also represented at the funeral.

The funeral prayers were performed at Aal Rashdan Mosque in Nasr City.

Morsi was also scheduled to visit the seven guards who were injured in the attack afterward.

Ambulances transported coffins of soldiers to the Unknown Soldier Memorial for the military funeral.

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Editor's Picks for 7 Aug 2012
Asia
By Editor's Picks
05 Aug 2012

Accused 93 Year Old Australian Child Abuser Caught In Burma
Karl Joseph Kraus, 93, was apprehended in Myanmar's Karen state on Tuesday, July 24 and transported back to the Thai border to be handed over to Thailand police. Krause had skipped bail in December 2011 for charges of raping 4 underage girls in Thailand's northern city of Chiang Mai. The four sisters ranged in age from 5 - 12 at the time of the alleged offenses. Kraus reportedly lured the young Thai sisters to his house, promising them chocolates and English lessons. Kraus was born in Berlin and migrated to Australia, working as a railway worker, until his retirement.

Lebanon Declines Iran's Invitation to Conference On Syrian Crisis
After meeting with the Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Saeed Jalili, on Monday, August 6 in Beirut, Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour told reporters that Lebanon declined an invitation to attend a conference in Iran addressing the crisis in Syria. During the meeting, talks focused on the Syrian crisis with Jalili asserting that cooperation is in the best interest of Muslim nations and countries in the region. After consulting, President Suleiman, PM Mikati and Speaker Berri declined due to Lebanon's policy of not associating with other countries' internal affairs.

Mourning 16 Soldiers Killed At Rafah Border
Egypt’s Presidency announced Monday, August 6, a three-day mourning nationwide honoring the 16 soldiers killed by unknown gunmen at the bordering town of Rafah in Sinai Sunday evening. Eyewitnesses among the residents of Rafah said the gunmen launched a fierce attack on the border guard soldiers and seized two armored vehicles, taking one of them and heading to the Israeli territories. The residents call on President Mohamed Morsi and Defense Minister Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi to intensify security at the bordering areas in Sinai.

Interviews With Family Of Soldier Killed By RPG
Interviews with family, forensic report, and death certificate of Egyptian soldier, Mahmoud Sabry Mohammed Abdallah, killed on May 2, 2012 by a rocket propelled grenade in the Sinai.

Military Funeral Of Rafah Border Victims

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Interviews with the family of soldier...
Cairo, Egypt
By Transterra Egypt
17 May 2012

Interviews with the family of soldier killed by RPG in Sinai

00:00-01:23 Dear Mr. Prosecutor, Arish District, with greetings and respect to you,
I would like to inform you that we went out at 6 in the evening on the 2nd of May in order to examine the body of the deceased, Mahmoud Sabry Mohammad Abdallah, and we determined that the death of the deceased occurred as a result of the splinters and fragments that was scattered all over the body, which was caused by explosive firearms resulting in scattered splinters and fragments all over the body of the deseased, causing him cardiorrhexis and serious heart and chest bleeding.
Sincerely yours,
Dr. Imad Al-Din Mohammad Shahat, Head of the medical forensic in Sinai.
This is Mahmoud’s forensic report, and this is a copy of his death certificate stating that the cause of the death is chest disruptions by an artillery shell.
This is Mahmoud’s Burial license, stating that the death was caused by chest and heart disruptions by an artillery shell.
01:23-01:34 Uncle Bakar, went to God, in Heaven.
01:34-02:03 I am his sister, and he used to live with me. We live here in downtown and we’re born here. Mahmoud went to school until the 2nd year of elementary and he didn’t finish his studies due to our circumstances, and he worked in a printing house for a few months and then he started working with Mr. Hamdy in his Cafeteria.
02:12-02:21 He used to work in a printing house and then he came to work with us here. He didn’t really like the printing job so, he came to work with us here in the Cafeteria. He went to do his military service.
02:21-02:39 he was placed in the Center Security Forces and then he was sent to north Sinai, in Rafah, at the beginning of his service which is 3 years. He only had 6 months left to finish his military service when he died.
02:39-02:59 he was unfortunate to be sent to that place, he used to come for holidays and worked with us, just like before he joined the military. He used to come on his holiday, take his first day off and then started working on the next day. He died on the 1st of May at 12 a.m. we knew about his death at 5 a.m.
03:00-04:21 on Wednesday at 4 a.m. at dawn, he used to take his Sim card with him and he put my number and the number of my husband, Emad on speed dial in case something happened to him. I found him calling me, so I answered, thinking it was him, I told him Are you staying up late to call and joke at this hour? So I found someone else’s voice telling me, I’m not Mahmoud, and asked, Are you a related to Mahmoud Sabry Mohammad Abdallah? I answered: yes, I’m his sister. I asked him impulsively: Is Mahmoud injured? Did something happen to him? He told me that it was bigger than that and that you can consider him a martyr now, and that he died. I was stunned by the news, I couldn’t believe it at first, I thought someone was joking or something and then his phone was switched off. They said it will be in the news, after that in was in the news with his name, Soldier, Mahmoud Sabry Abdallah, died. We knew the news about his death was real after we watched the news but we didn’t receive any official notice of his death.
04:22-04:48 it was at 8 a.m. when we knew for sure that Mahmoud was dead. At the time, from 8 a.m. till 3 a.m., the next day, we were very worried and we couldn’t reach him so, we got a call from his friend telling us not to go as they were working on the procedures then.
04:48-05:22 they waited for the medical forensic, who arrived at 6 p.m. and he died at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, and the medical forensic arrived at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. After all these procedures, his body arrived here at 1 a.m., they brought him in an ambulance and there was a delegate who accompanied his body.
05:29-05:52 he was in his grave clothes when he got here and they put him in a sack and then wrapped him with his grave clothes, cause of his severe injuries. We received his body in the police mosque. By the time, they arrived, all mosques were closed so we couldn’t pray for him.
05:52-06:38 I felt as if they were throwing him away as if he was not a human being. As if they were telling us take this body that was wrapped in a white cloth and throw it away or bury him or do whatever you want with it. Since then, I feel really bad and I don’t know what to do. We received our son’s body in an ambulance and he died and his blood was all over the sand and tank. Allah is sufficient for us, and how fine a trustee He is. They could’ve called the mosque and asked them to open it, I would’ve felt better and I wouldn’t be talking like this now. I would’ve considered him a martyr, but after what they did. I will get my son Mahmoud’s right even if I have to give up my life.
06:39-07:00 I felt bad that they gave the soldier who died in Abbaseyya clashes more attention, they prayed for him, Al Mosheer Tantawi was there in his funeral and the governor and many others. Unlike Mahmoud, they dropped him off and left.
07:00-08:03 My name is Ahmad Mohammad Ahmad, I’ve been working here for 4 years now, Bakar, is from the best people I worked with, may he rest in peace, Mahmoud Sabry would never be substituted. I couldn’t believe what happened and I was hoping that it was someone else who died, and I was waiting to see Bakar, coming towards me anytime, and would come back and work with us again. I thought maybe they mixed him up with someone else. I can’t believe what happened so far and I feel sometimes that I might see him coming towards me anytime again. They should’ve honored him, I’m not asking them to make him a military funeral, but at least bring his body back by a plan or something, if he was a police officer, they would’ve brought him back by a plane. We received his body at 2 a.m. and they brought him by a regular car, he deserves better than that, he is considered a martyr. The military of interior affairs doesn’t treat all offices in the same way.
08-03-09:43 Mahmoud was not given his rights, we didn’t receive any official notice about his death from the military of interior affairs and we didn’t receive any official condolences from them. As a soldier, they should’ve sent us an official notice or report his death to the police station here and then they send it to us officially. We didn’t receive any official document of his death. If it wasn’t for the phone call I got, I wouldn’t have known about my brother’s death. On his last visit, Mahmoud told me that they were being shot at every day, and that they hear firing every day, he told me he was scared and he didn’t want to go back. We used to tell him, No, you need to finish your military service, if you didn’t go, and who else will take your position there? Who will defend our country if you all returned? We kept encouraging him to return back there, telling him that he only got 5 months left to finish. He was going back and forth, worried and he didn’t want to go back, he told me every time I go there I take my grave clothes with me, and that he felt that he wouldn’t come back from there.
09:43-13:09 My name is Ahmad Mohammad Osman, from Monofiya, Mahmoud was my friend and he was doing his military service for 3 years, I heard about his death at dawn and we had a fight to go to him in the hospital. We stayed there and we finished all the procedures. I wasn’t there when the accident happened but I heard that an RPG was shot at the tank and Mahmoud was in it, sitting by the driver who was driving the tank, suddenly the lights went out and the RPG was shot. His body was washed in the hospital and he was wrapped in grave clothes and he was taken by an ambulance, they sent a delegate, not an officer with us. He finished the procedures with us. And they sent him in an ambulance through Salah Salem highway to take his body to his family and we took him to the cemetery right away and we couldn’t find a mosque to pray for him, so we made tayammum in the graveyard and prayed for him and buried him. We demand that they treat soldiers of the military of interior affairs as good as they treat the soldiers of Armed forces. If a soldier in the Armed forces is killed, God forbid, they make him a military funeral and they honor him and he gets all his rights. We are soldiers just like them and we are all human, we all serve this country, so we are supposed to take our right as well, like them.