- Title: Gazans prayer for Egypt's Mursi's soul
- Date: 18th June 2019
- Summary: KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA (JUNE 18, 2019) (REUTERS) MEN PRAYING IN MOSQUE FOR LATE FORMER EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT, MOHAMED MURSI VARIOUS OF MEN HOLDING PRAYER MAN SITTING ON GROUND READING THE QURAN (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) KHAN YOUNIS RESIDENT WHO LED THE PRAYER, JAMAL ABU AMER, SAYING: "Honestly, holding an absentee funeral prayer for the soul of the martyr Mohamed Mursi, is the least we could do and the minimum we could do to return the favour to the Egyptian people and the late martyr President Mohamed Mursi." KHAN YOUNIS RESIDENT, MAHER ASSAR, READING QURAN (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) KHAN YOUNIS RESIDENT, MAHER ASSAR, SAYING: "We held the absentee funeral prayer for our president, firstly as Palestinians and secondly as Arabs. We prayed for the soul of the martyr Mohamed Mursi, the president of the Egyptian nation, who said during the 2012 and 2014 wars: 'This is for you Gaza, we are part of you and you are a part of us'. So this president is our president as Gazans, because he is the first Arab leader to seriously stand beside us through his position, his words and his actions." MEN AFTER PRAYER MEN SITTING IN MOSQUE VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF MOSQUE
- Embargoed: 2nd July 2019 20:55
- Keywords: Egypt Mohamed Mursi Gaza Palestinians prayer
- Location: KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA
- City: KHAN YOUNIS, GAZA
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001AJVB807
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Dozens of men gathered in a Gaza mosque on Tuesday (June 18) to mourn the death of former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi.
Mursi, who was modern Egypt's first democratically elected leader, was buried in a small family ceremony earlier on Tuesday, a day after suffering a fatal heart attack in court at a Cairo prison, his sons said.
Worshippers in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis told Reuters that this "absentee prayer" was to respect the memory of an Arab leader who stood by them during armed conflicts with Israel.
The Islamist ex-president's death after six years in jail under the military-backed establishment that ousted him in 2013 stoked anger among his supporters in Egypt and abroad.
His Muslim Brotherhood, now banned in Egypt, described it as "full-fledged murder" and called for mass gatherings. Egyptian officials denied accusations that Mursi's health had been neglected.
(Production: Bassam Masoud, Lianne Back)
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