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egypt - Mar 18, 2012 - 22:25

Last modified: 18 Mar 2012 19:25

Three people have died and at least 30 have been injured during the crowded mourning ceremony for the late Coptic Pope Shenouda III in Cairo, the country's Health Ministry has reported.

Two men and one woman suffocated on Sunday in the crowds, which have consistently numbered in the thousands for the past 24 hours.

In response, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has announced it will close St. Mark's Cathedral, where Shenouda's body is currently being shown. Shenouda will be flown on a military plane on Tuesday to Wadi al-Natroun, a desert monastery where he was exiled in the 1980s and chose to be buried.