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Cairo Opera House announces three days of mourning following North Sinai attacks

Activities organised by the Cairo Opera are suspended for three days starting Friday. Film screenings managed by the ongoing Cairo Int'l Film Festival continue

Ahram Online , Saturday 25 Nov 2017
Cairo Opera House
Cairo Opera House (Photo: Ziad Bakir)

Following the terrorist attack on Friday that killed over 300 worshipers in Al-Rawdah Mosque in Bir Al-Abed, in Egypt's North Sinai, the management of the Cairo Opera House has suspended all activities across its venues in Cairo, Alexandria and Damanhour.

The suspension, which applies to various events arranged by the Opera House, follows the government's announcement of a three-day period of national mourning starting Friday.

However, the Opera House's suspension does not apply to film screenings that are part of the ongoing 39th Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), taking place at the Cairo Opera House, among other venues.

While denouncing the deadly attack, the festival's president, Magda Wassef, and honourary president, Youssra, announced that the festival's schedule will not be interrupted.

Cairo Opera House activities will resume Monday, 27 November.

Over 300 worshippers were killed and 128 otheres were injured by gunmen who attacked a mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai during Friday prayers, making the attack one of the deadliest targeting civilians in the country in recent years.

The Egyptian presidency announced a nationwide three-day period of mourning following the terrorist attack.

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