Egyp­tian killed in Houthi rocket at­tack laid to rest

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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.”

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