Cairo Opera House has announced that it suspends its activities for a duration of three days at all of its venues, including in Cairo, Alexandria and Damanhour, in honor of the victims of the attack on Friday against a mosque in Egypt’s North Sinai.
In an official statement, the management of the Opera House said that it “mourns the martyrs of the homeland” and that its venues will be closed during the three-day mourning period.
“Cairo Opera House announces the suspension of all its artistic and cultural activities along all its venues in Cairo, Alexandria and Damanhour Atyara […] mourning for the souls of the martyrs of the country who fell due to the brutal terrorist incident that took place at Al Rawda Mosque in Announcement of deferred offers at a later date,” the statement read.
It went on to say that both artists and employees condemn the attack, describing the perpetrators as having “no religion,” while stressing that the incident will only “increase our determination to continue building the nation”.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s Minister of Health Ahmed Emad El-Din was quoted on Saturday by ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed as saying that 88 out of the 128 people injured after Friday’s attack are in stable condition, according to state-run news agency MENA.
Earlier on Saturday, the country’s top prosecutor Nabil Sadek said that between 25 and 30 armed men had raised the flag of the Islamic State in the attack against the Rawda mosque in the Bir al-Abd village close to al-Arish in North Sinai.
After the conclusion of Friday prayers, armed militants stormed the mosque killing 305, and injuring another 128.
Egypt’s army and police forces carried out air strikes and ground operations in surrounding areas of the mosque on Friday night, targeting militants believed to have been involved in the attack.