The funeral of the former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak took place in Cairo on Wednesday, while his body was flown by helicopter to a mosque in the east of the city before the coffin was carried out by a guard of honor.
Dozens of Mubarak supporters, dressed in black and with posters from the former president, watched the helicopter invade before the Republican Guard wrapped the Mubarak coffin in the Egyptian flag.
Mubarak ruled Egypt for 30 years before being expelled during the Arab Spring protests in 2011. He died Tuesday of 91 years of kidney and heart problems after being hospitalized for bowel surgery last month.
Egypt held a funeral for former dictator Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday, the day after he died in hospital at the hospital for heart and kidney problems at the age of 91
Egyptian honor guards carry the coffin of former President Hosni Mubarak during his funeral ceremony at the Tantawy Mosque in Cairo on the eastern outskirts of Cairo
Alaa, son of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, is kissed while being comforted at his father’s funeral east of Cairo
The coffin from Mubarak was taken by helicopter to the Mosheer Tantawy mosque in Cairo before it was carried out by the Egyptian Republican Guard’s honor guard for the ceremony
Mubarak, who led the Egyptian Air Force against Israel during the October War before becoming the leader of the country when his predecessor and mentor was shot, led the country for three decades
Although it remained popular among older Egyptians who honored his war efforts, Mubarak was expelled during the Arab Spring protests by mainly young revolutionaries in 2011
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi attends the funeral of former President Hosni Mubarak east of Cairo
Former Egyptian parliament president Ahmad Fathi Sorour greets Omar Alaa Mubarak, grandson of the former president of Egypt Hosni Mubarak, near his father Alaa (second right) and uncle Gamal (second left), at the Mubarak funeral ceremony
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (second left) and sons and grandson of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Alaa (third right), Gamal (second right) and Omar Alaa (right) attend Mubarak’s funeral at Mosheer Tantawy Mosque Bee
Officers greet while the horse-drawn carriage that transports the coffin draped by flags, the former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak passes during the funeral at Mosant Tantawy’s mosque
Ironically, his funeral took place at the Tantawi Mosque in Eastern Cairo, named after the now retired Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who led the military council that led Egypt after the expulsion of Mubarak and the election of Muslim President Mohammed Morsi in 2012 .
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi was expected to attend the service, followed by the burial at the cemetery in Cairo’s Heliopolis, Mubarak’s home for most of his rule and where he lived until his death.
The Gulf Arab leaders were also expected to attend the service.
“During his military and political career, Mubarak made undeniable achievements and sacrifices,” the state-run newspaper Al-Aharm published in his editorial Wednesday, Mubarak.
On Tuesday, el-Sissi offered condolences to the Mubarak family and praised his service during the 1973 war with Israel, but did not mention his reign as president of the most populous Arab state. El-Sissy also announced three days of national mourning on Wednesday.
Pro-government media paid tribute to Mubarak, focusing on his role in the 1973 war with Israel, when Mubarak, a training pilot, commanded the Egyptian Air Force.
Mubarak was born in May 1928 and was Vice President on October 6, 1981, when his mentor, President Anwar Sadat, was murdered by Islamic extremists during a revision of a military parade.
Mubarak (pictured in court in 2018) ruled Egypt for three decades before being driven out of the 2011 Arab Spring protests. He was imprisoned for life in 2012, acquitted for a new trial in 2014, and then imprisoned again for corruption – free jail in 2017
Guardians await the start of the funeral of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi Mosque east of Cairo
People wave to a helicopter that lands outside Mosheer Tantawy’s mosque, where the funeral of former former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak took place on Wednesday
Supporters hold photos of former former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as they gather outside the Tantawy Mosque before Mubarak’s funeral
Mubarak ruled Egypt from October 1981 to January 2011, when he resigned because of the Arab Spring protests, but is still popular among older Egyptians because of his leadership during the October October 1973 war
People hold photos of former former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as they gather in front of the Mosheer Tantawy mosque for the burial of Mubarak, in Cairo
Mubarak was sentenced to prison life in 2012 for failing to kill about 900 demonstrators during the Arab Spring uprising, but was acquitted for a new trial in 2014. He was again imprisoned for corruption and ran free in 2017
People gather outside the Tantawy Mosque, where the burial of former former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will take place in Cairo, Egypt
Sitting next to Sadat, Mubarak escaped with a small hand injury when armed men sprayed the canopy with bullets. Eight days later, the muscular former air force commander was sworn in as president, promising continuity and order.
Mubarak’s rule was characterized by a close alliance with the US in the fight against Islamic militancy and support for regional peace efforts.
Many older Egyptians, who had long considered him invincible, were stunned by the images of Mubarak on a stretcher bed that was brought to justice for the sessions of his trial in Cairo after his expulsion.
Mubarak’s overthrow collapsed Egypt in years of chaos and uncertainty and fought a power struggle between the army and the Muslim Brotherhood group that he had long banned.
About two and a half years after the expulsion of Mubarak, el-Sissi led the military overthrow of the first freely elected president of Egypt, Morsi, and returned the freedoms acquired in the 2011 uprising.
In June 2012, Mubarak and his head of security were sentenced to life imprisonment for failing to kill about 900 demonstrators during the 18-day uprising.
Both appealed the judgment and a higher court approved them later in 2014.
The following year, Mubarak and his two sons – the wealthy businessman Alaa and Mubarak’s one-time heir, apparently Gamal – were sentenced to three years in prison for corruption during a new trial.
The sons were released for time use in 2015, while Mubarak walked around freely in 2017.
A member of the Republican Guard of Egypt holds medals awarded to Mubarak during his time with the Air Force during his funeral
Supporters of deposed President Hosni Mubarak keep posters with his photo at the cemetery where he will be buried in the Heliopolis district of Cairo
Mourners attend the funeral of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, east of Cairo