While the bodies of more than one hundred victims of the downed Libyan airliner were shipped over the Suez Canal to Cairo on Friday (23 Feb), the wife of the co-pilot of the crashed jet made a mercy dash from Tripoli to see her badly injured husband in hospital at Beersheba.
GV Wife & nurse at bedside in ward
CU Drip bottle
MCV Wife at bedside with husband in bed
CU Wife PAN TO husband in bed
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WS Guard Red Cross Chaplain on lock
WS Launch ties up at lock (2 shots)
GV Coffins carried from trucks to launch
SV Chaplains pray
GV Crowds watch
WS Launch leaves with coffins
GV Red Cross guards on boat
WS Launch reaches other bank coffins unloaded
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Background: While the bodies of more than one hundred victims of the downed Libyan airliner were shipped over the Suez Canal to Cairo on Friday (23 Feb), the wife of the co-pilot of the crashed jet made a mercy dash from Tripoli to see her badly injured husband in hospital at Beersheba.
Mrs. Haya Mehdi, who uses her Greek name of Theodoropholou, was given special permission to use her Libyan passport to see her husband, Younis el Mehdi.
She stayed at her husband's bedside for about 15 minutes. She said she had no idea whether he recognised her, but she thought that he was a lot better than she thought he would be. However, on Friday night doctors at Beersheba's Government-run hospital said they felt Younis was not expected to live.
While doctors tried to save the life of the co-pilot, the coffins bearing the bodies of the crash victims were lowered into Red Cross launches and transferred across the Suez Canal from Kantara to Cairo.
As the coffins were unloaded from the trucks into the launches, a guard of honour of Israeli policemen presented arms, and Israeli Army chaplains read verses from the book of Psalms. Of the 104 coffins of passengers and crew members, 56 could not be identified.