Dead hiker laid to rest in Egypt amid anger

Thursday, February 20, 2014

During the funeral, her relatives and friends turned their anger at state institutions for allegedly failing to rescue her and her colleagues

During the funeral, her relatives and friends turned their anger at state institutions for allegedly failing to rescue her and her colleagues

CAIRO - A funeral procession was held on Thursday for a female Egyptian, who had died in a mountainous area near Saint Catherine's Monastery in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

Hagar Ahmed Shalabi died last Friday along with three fellow hikers when a snowstorm hit the area.

During the funeral, her relatives and friends turned their anger at state institutions for allegedly failing to rescue her and her colleagues.

"Hagar died because she was Egyptian," Mahmoud Ahmed, who attended the funeral in the 6th October City, southwest of Cairo, told Anadolu Agency.

A short time after the snowstorm hit on Friday, communication was totally severed between the four hikers and their fellow colleagues.

Hagar's relatives and friends insisted that something could have been done to rescue her and her friends.

"Hagar, who used to help the poor, died because of the chill," a friend of the victim told Anadolu Agency. "Egyptian blood will always continue to be cheap," she added, refusing to mention her name.

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