King heads military funeral for Sharif Ali Bin Zeid

03-01-2010 12:00 AM

Ammon News - AMMAN His Majesty King Abdullah II, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah were at the Queen Alia International Airport on Saturday to receive the body of Captain Sharif Ali bin Zeid Al Oun who was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday.

Sharif Ali fell as he performed his humanitarian duty with the Jordanian contingent of the U.N peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan.

His body was flown home today on board a Royal Air Force plane. the late officer was buried yesterday at the Royal cemetery.

Their Majesties and the Crown Prince expressed their heart-felt condolences to the martyr's family.

The King and the Crown Prince led a funeral held with full military honours as an armed forces band played sombre tunes and the casket, draped in the Jordanian flag, was carried by soldiers to the Royal Cemetery where it was laid to rest.

The King and the mourners recited verses from the holy Quran.

Also taking part in the funeral were other Royal Family members, the Prime Minister, the Royal Court Chief, the King's adviser for tribal affairs, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the directors of intelligence, public security, civil defense and gendarmerie as well as other senior officials.

His Majesty, Crown Prince Hussein and the other Royal Family members accepted condolences from the crowd of mourners.


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