Egyptian killed in Houthi rocket attack laid to rest
Saudi Arabia's first Lego show has won a new generation of fans for the world's most famous toy brand. The funeral of Abdulmutallab Ahmed Hussein, who was killed in last Sunday's Houthi rocket attack on Riyadh, was held on Thursday.
Hussein was buried in his family's plot in the village of Al-Abel island in Qena governorate at his family's request, which was supported by Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman bin Abdulaziz, deputy governor of Riyadh.
He was the first person to be killed in Riyadh as a result of the Yemen war when falling debris caused by a rocket struck a home.
Hundreds gathered to bid farewell to the victim and the funeral was attended by leaders from the governorate. His wife, wearing black, carried his 3-year-old son Yousif, and his 6-year-old daughter Hanin.
“My husband worked in Saudi Arabia for a year and 10 months and he was planning a vacation with us soon,” she said.
“Over the phone, he told me he suffered from loneliness, washing clothes, and renewing his permit. Abdo was affectionate with us, especially with our children. He was also a very good and obedient son to his mother, who was left a widow after her husband's death.”
Hussein and his wife would communicate through video calls. “He was amazed by the growth of our kids, Hanin and Yousif,” she said.
Hussein's cousin, Salim Mahmoud, said his brother Mohammed and his cousin Shehab Mahmoud Hassan were injured in the same incident.
Hussein's wife conveyed his mother's appreciation to everyone who offered support, including to the Egyptians living in the Kingdom, and to the Saudi authorities who promised to receive them to perform the Hajj and Umrah.
Hussein's brother, who lived with him, said earlier about the bombing: “Suddenly a shell landed on us, and the dust spread so hard that we did not see anyone or anything. My cousins were wounded.”