Egypt: RIP General Saad El Din El Shazly

This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011.

Egypt today lost the untold hero of the 1973 October War, Saad El Din El Shazly. On Twitter, tweeps pay their respects to the man, who was dismissed from his post as Egyptian ambassador to Portugal and sent into exile in Algeria, after publicly criticising the Camp David Accords, signed by former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat.

On Twitter, tweeps were quick to point out that Shazly, who was the Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces during the October War, was a true veteran.

Here are some of the comments from Twitter:

@_Camara_: The untold hero of the 1973 October War, Saad El Shazly May mercies of Allah be upon you Sir! you sure died in great days. #Jan25 #Egypt :(

@iyad_elbaghdadi: FYI, when #Egypt's army was being pounded in the 1967 war, Saad Al-Shazly was INSIDE Israeli territory and was the last to retreat.

@iyad_elbaghdadi: Saad Al-Shazly recounted his life story in an Aljazeera program called “Witness to History”; part 1 starts here: (Arb)

@iyad_elbaghdadi: God I'm at the verge of tears. I really loved that man. Saad Al-Shazly, may we accomplish what they did not let you finish. #Jan25

@iyad_elbaghdadi: For those wish to know more about Saad Al-Shazly: This is the true hero of 1973 – not #Mubarak. #Jan25

@iyad_elbaghdadi: More can be found here:, website dedicated to the life & times and military genius of Saad Al-Shazly #Jan25

@Krimnoor: We lost a great Egyptian ,worrior General and patriot RIP Marshall Saad al Din El Shazly

@digitalhammad: Saad El-Shazly , thats a veteran not @DictatorMubarak

@YosriFouda: Rest in peace Shazly, you did well with your life and you shall always be in our hearts #Egypt #Jan25

@izzarian: My great uncle Saad El-Shazly has passed away today إنا لله و إنا إليه راجعون a hero and great man. #Egypt

This post is part of our special coverage of Egypt Protests 2011.

1 comment

  • mike l

    my background is pro-israeli, Christian right, but for some reason i developed a real fascination with Shazli, maybe because of the medals he wore huh?

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