Egypt to bury former President Hosni Mubarak in military funeral
Egypt's presidency and armed forces mourned Hosni Mubarak as a hero for his role in the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. The presidency has declared three days of national mourning.
Egypt will on Wednesday bury its former President Hosni Mubarak, who died at the age of 91, in a military funeral in Cairo. Mubarak ruled Egypt for 30 years until he was forced out of office by protests in 2011. He spent many of the subsequent years in jail and military hospitals before being freed in 2017.
He died on Tuesday in intensive care weeks after undergoing surgery.
Egypt's presidency and armed forces mourned the former Air Force officer as a hero for his role in the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. The presidency declared three days of national mourning.
Egypt's top military officials are expected to attend the funeral in an eastern suburb of Cairo, but it was not clear if President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi would do so.
Mubarak's coffin will be air lifted from the mosque where the funeral will be held to the burial grounds, Reuters reported citing state television.
Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for conspiring to murder 239 demonstrators during the 18-day revolt in 2011, but was freed in 2017 after being cleared of the charges.
He was convicted in 2015 along with his two sons of diverting public funds to upgrade family properties. They were sentenced to three years in jail.
Mubarak said history would judge him as a patriot who served his country selflessly, but for many Egyptians his time in power was a period of autocracy and crony capitalism.
Regional leaders mourned the death of former Egyptian President, with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas calling him “a supporter of the Palestinian cause”.
In a statement by his office, Abbas praised "the positions of the late president in support of the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian people in achieving their rights to freedom and independence".
"Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit mourned the former President, describing him as “a President who has worked with commitment and dedication to achieve peace and development in Egypt and the Middle East”.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also hailed the former leader for his efforts to achieve peace.
"On behalf of Israel’s citizens and the government of Israel, I want to express deep sorrow over the passing of President Hosni Mubarak,” Netanyahu said in a statement.
Calling him a "personal friend," Netanyahu said the former Egyptian leader "led his nation to peace and security, to peace with Israel".
The UAE announced that flags would fly at half-mast in mourning of the former leader, and UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash hailed Mubarak’s "wisdom and courage" and his efforts to resolve several crises in the Arab world.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a message to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi offering condolences over Mubarak’s death.
Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa also expressed his "deepest sorrow" over Mubarak’s passing.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed his condolences to the family of Hosni Mubarak.