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In pictures: Emir of Kuwait's funeral

Kuwaitis wait for the funeral of their ruler, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah

Kuwaitis learned on Sunday that their ruler, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah, had died.

Kuwaitis wait for the funeral of their ruler, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah

Thousands gathered outside the emir's palace in Kuwait City waiting for the start of his funeral procession.

Kuwaitis wait for the funeral of their ruler, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah

Kuwaiti policemen handed out bottles of water to the mourners waiting for a last glimpse of their leader.

Kuwaitis wait for the funeral of their ruler, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah

There was much grief for the emir, who had survived an assassination attempt in 1985 and the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990.

Kuwaitis wait for the funeral of their ruler, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah

Sheikh Jaber had been in ill health, and was seldom seen in public. But this appears not to have affected people's feelings for him.

Kuwaitis wait for the funeral of their ruler, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah

Many remembered his life - including electoral reforms and preparations for women to be given the vote.

The body of Kuwait's ruler, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah, is carried during his funeral procession

Sheikh Jaber's body was wrapped in a flag and carried in the simplest of coffins.

The body of Kuwait's ruler, Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah, is carried during his funeral procession

Kuwaitis on the procession route surged towards the coffin and reached out to touch it as it headed for burial in an unmarked grave.





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