The BA Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the October War Victory
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina organized today a celebration on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the October War victory, which began with a seminar that hosted fighters who participated in the war, including Major General Elmi Hussein Kamel, one of the heroes of the 133rd Battalion, who took part in the famous Battle of Abu Atwa that prevented the fall of the city of Ismailia. The event also witnessed the participation of Major General Mohamed Rabie Moustafa, a missile engineer during the war, and Dr. Mohamed Nour El-Din, one of the heroes of the Battle of Kabreet, whose men survived under siege. Dr. Nour El-Din was decorated for bravery (First Class Medal) by President Sadat. The event was moderated by Dr. Ibrahim Abdullah, President of the October 1973 Champions Association.
At the end of the seminar, Dr. Mohamed Soliman, Head of the BA Cultural Outreach Sector, honored the heroes who took part in the celebration, as well as others including Heneidy Abu Shleif, Ali Abdel Ghani, Mohamed Gad Zaki, Samir Nooh, Ahmed Al-Khatib, Mohamed Khater, El-Araby Mohamed Ahmed, Ibrahim Saudi, Saeed Al-Sabbagh, El-Sayed Ahmed Al-Tayeb and Mohamed Nasr Abu Al-Dahab.
After the seminar, an exhibition was inaugurated that includes photographs chronicling this important period in the history of Egypt, from the War of 1967 and the War of Attrition to the October 1973 War. The exhibition documents the leaders’ visits to the combat zones, including those by President Gamal Abdel Nasser, President Mohamed Anwar Sadat and King Faisal, in addition to the press coverage of these events.
A film produced by the Library on the October War was also screened as part of the celebration, and a book was issued entitled Glimpses of the October War Victory, presented by Prof. Ahmed Zayed, Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.