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Egyptian PM Vehicle Attacked at Funeral for Sinai Dead, Morsy Is No Show


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The website Egypt Independent reported Tuesday that Prime Minister Hesham Qandil’s car was vandalized by angry mourners during the funeral of the 16 Egyptian officers who were killed by Palestinian terrorists Sunday afternoon.

The military funeral began at the Unknown Soldier Monument after noon prayers. Eyewitnesses said that as soon as Qandil arrived at the monument, a large number of people attacked his vehicle, lifted their shoes to his face, and chanted putdowns. The car’s windshield was damaged, and the minister’s guards were forced to take a different route to avoid further assaults.

Egyptian president Mohamed Morsy 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.

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

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