FILE - Former Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces Lieutenant General Ibrahim al-Oraby between 1983 and 1987
CAIRO - 19 September 2019: Former Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces Ibrahim al-Oraby passed away on September 18. The funeral held on Thursday was attended by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and top military commanders.
Lieutenant General Oraby had held the position between 1983 and 1987 before he became the chairman of the Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI) until 1995. The national hero took part in the deterrence of the Tripartite Aggression in 1956, and participated in the Six-Day War in 1967. He also joined the War of Attrition that started in 1969 and concluded with October 6 War in 1973 where he was commander of the 21st Armored Division.
The late chief of staff graduated from the Military Academy in 1950 and earned the Higher War College Fellowship from Nasser Military Academy. In 1981, Oraby became Field Army Commander and Chief of Military Operations.
Lieutenant General Oraby was awarded the October 6 Medal, Army Day Medal, First Class Training Medal, Sinai Liberation Medal, Military Independence Medal, and First Class Republic Medal.
The funeral took place in Field Marshal Tantawy Mosque in New Cairo and was attended by Minister of Defense Mohamed Zaki, Chief of Staff Mohamed Farid, commanders in chief of the forces, and former commanders of the Armed Forces. The president extended condolences to the family.