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Egyptians in Saudi angered after cleric prays for General Sisi's fall
Saturday August 24, 2013 7:52 PM, News Network

Egyptians in Saudi Arabia were angered and retaliated violently when a Saudi cleric in his sermon on Friday blasted Egyptian Defense Minister General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and prayed for his downfall, simultaneously praying for the same fate for Syria's Bashar al-Assad, a media report said.

The Egyptians were angered when the Saudi cleric while delivering the Friday sermon at the al-Ferdous Mosque in Riyadh blasted General Sisi, the man who played a leading role in the overthrow of Egyptian Islamist President Mohammad Mursi in July, Al Arabiya reported quoting Pan-Arab newspaper al-Hayat.

The report said the Saudi cleric had been praying for the downfall of both Syria's Bashar al-Assad and General Sisi, prompting uproar from the Egyptians who were in attendance.

A fight also broke out between Saudis and Egyptians attending the prayers at the al-Ferdous Mosque.

Al-Hayat reported the incident at the al-Ferdous Mosque, while a 46-second video of the fight went viral on YouTube showing a Saudi man taking off his traditional headdress and hitting another man, who was reported to be Egyptian.

The incident attracted users on the microblogging site to voice their views on the incident, reported a blog post on Global Voices Online.

"The people of Egypt are more knowledgeable of their affairs and it is of bad taste for this preacher to employ himself as a guardian over Egyptians", one Twitter user @iar_98, named Ibrahim al-Rasheed.


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