Thousands bid farewell to iconic Suez popular resistance figure Sheikh Hafez Salama

Ahram Online , Tuesday 27 Apr 2021

Salama led a popular resistance to the tripartite aggression of Britain, France, and Israel on Egypt in the Suez War in 1956

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Thousands of mourners participated on Tuesday in the funeral procession in Suez for Sheikh Hafez Salama, the iconic figure in popular resistance against British occupation and Israeli aggression, who passed away on Monday at the age of 96 due to the coronavirus.

Public figures, including the Governor of Suez Abdel Magid Saqr, took part in the funeral procession.

According to MD Ashraf Omar, the dean of the Faculty of Medicine in Ain Shams University, Sheikh Salama died of COVID-19 complications in the coronavirus-designated Ahmed Shawky hospital.

Sheikh Hafez Salama, an iconic figure in the resistance to British colonialism and Israeli aggression, passed away on Monday at the age of 96 due to the coronavirus.

According to MD Ashraf Omar, the dean of the Faculty of Medicine in Ain Shams University, Sheikh Salama died of COVID-19 complications in the coronavirus-designated Ahmed Shawky hospital.

Hafez Salama was born on 6 December, 1925.

After graduating from Al-Azhar, Sheikh Hafez Salama worked as a preacher and became an adviser to the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in 1978.

Salama was a leader of the popular resistance to the Israeli assault on Suez city during the October 1973 war.

He played a key role in organising support to the Palestinian resistance during the 1948 war.

He led a popular resistance to the British occupation in the Suez Canal in the 1940s and early 50s.

Salama also led a popular resistance to the tripartite aggression of Britain, France, and Israel on Egypt in the Suez War in 1956.

He was jailed twice in Egypt in 1950 and in the 1960s.

In recent years, he was a vocal supporter of the 2011 January revolution in Egypt, which started in his home city of Suez.

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