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Strict security in Riyadh for king funeral

  |   Aug. 2, 2005 at 11:43 AM
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia's King Fahd was buried in the royal cemetery in central Riyadh Tuesday following a funeral attended by most Arab leaders.

The simple funeral departed from King Faisal's Specialized Hospital where Fahd died Monday after a long illness. The procession continued to the main mosque near the cemetery, where the funeral was held in the presence of the Saudi royal family, and Arab and Muslim visitors only.

New King Abdullah led the procession followed by Crown Prince Sultan, who is Defense Minister. Fahd was then buried in a modest unmarked grave in keeping with strict Saudi Islamic traditions.

Saudi authorities have stepped up security measures in Riyadh ahead of the arrival of Arab and foreign dignitaries.

Police cars took up positions at the main intersections and patrols were roaming the streets taken by dignitaries taking part in the funeral.

Among foreign dignitaries scheduled to arrive later to pay condolences are French President Jacques Chirac and Britain's Prince Charles.

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