Al-Rawdah Mosque resumes prayers before Friday: villagers



Mon, 27 Nov 2017 - 08:43 GMT


Mon, 27 Nov 2017 - 08:43 GMT

FILE:  Al-Rawdah Mosque

FILE: Al-Rawdah Mosque

CAIRO – 27 November 2017: Residents of Al-Rawdah Village cleaned on Sunday Al-Rawdah Mosque from the blood of the martyrs of the brutal terrorist attack which occurred during Friday prayer.

“After the public prosecution completed the inspection process, the mosque's prayer rug was completely removed and the floor was cleaned,” said the residents.

“While we cleaned up the mosque, we found belongings of the martyrs and the injured including Kufi hats, handkerchiefs, shawls, prayer beads, sticks, water jugs, their shoes outside the mosque, as well as wheelchairs for the disabled and elderly people,” added one of the villagers.

The mosque is closed until restoration is completed. It is said that the mosque will be ready for the worshippers to return before Friday December 1.

A number of terrorists stormed Al-Rawdah Mosque in west Arish City during Friday prayers and detonated an explosive device. The mosque was severely damaged.

Eyewitnesses said that the terrorists set fire to cars that belonged to residents and blocked the road in Al-Rawdah Village.

Security and medical sources in the area reported that the police halted the traffic on Arish-Qantara Road and deployed ambulance vehicles to transport the injured to the hospital.

A three-day state of mourning has been announced. Meanwhile, international condemnations have been issued in numerous statements worldwide. A total of LE 200,000 ($11,300) and LE 50,000 will be dispensed to families of the dead and the injured respectively.

Egypt launched a prolonged anti-terror crackdown a few years ago, trying to uproot extremists based in North Sinai.



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