Funeral Held for King Abdullah

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Funeral prayers have been held for the late King Abdullah who died early on Friday.  Prayers are being held at the Imam Turki Grand Mosque in the capital of Riyadh.

Abdullah, thought to be 90, died after suffering from a lung infection.

After the funeral, Abdullah’s shrouded body will be carried on a board. It will be taken to Al Oud cemetery and laid to rest in an unmarked grave.

The funeral and burial will be a simple matter, in line with Muslim tradition.  It is expected that  tens of thousands will  pay their condolences during the three-day period of mourning in Saudi Arabia.

Foreign dignitaries expected to be in Saudi Arabia for either the funeral or during the mourning period include Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sis, Jordan’s King Abdullah, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, French President Francois Hollande and the United States Vice President Joe Biden.

Garret Pustay
World News-Politics Contributor

World News-Politics Contributor at The Atlas Times.

Avid follower of international news, with a particular interest on the Middle East. A frequent commuter between New York and the Middle East.

Twitter: @garretpustay

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