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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Funeral of Cumbria doctor who died in Syria held on Boxing Day

THE funeral of a Cumbria doctor who died in Syria was held on Boxing Day.

Dr Abbas Khan had previously worked at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

An inquest into the death will open at Walthamstow Coroner's Court on Friday.

It is believed was on the verge of being released when his family were told of his death by what the Syrian government calls suicide and they say was political murder.

The 32-year-old orthopaedic surgeon from London was captured in November last year in the ancient city of Aleppo after travelling from Turkey to help victims of hospital bombings. His death was announced on 17 December.

Khan's family released a statement via their solicitor Nabeel Sheikh on Christmas Day, announcing plans for his funeral and burial.

He said: "Dr Abbas Khan's funeral prayer will take place at midday on Boxing Day at Regent's Park mosque, London.

"Dr Khan will then be taken to Ilford, east London, to be laid to rest. Anyone who wishes to pay their respects is welcome to attend."

The doctor's mother, Fatima, has denied claims made by Syria's deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad that her son killed himself.

Earlier this month, the family revealed a letter in which the doctor expressed his optimism at being released, and his hopes of being home in time for Christmas.

Abbas leaves behind his wife Hanna, 30, a son, Abdullah, six, and daughter, Rurayya, seven. 

Have your say

So sad ????? he illegally smuggled himself through a terrorist route used by terrorists into a terrorist strong hold, NOT THROUGH THE UN ROUTES, where he no doubt treated terrorists & their supporters, he knew what he was doing & knew the risks

Posted by Tucker on 26 December 2013 at 21:13

So very sad and I am surprised there was so little publicity about this case until so late. Rest in peace. It is so important that this man's, on a humanitarian mission, death is investigated as a probable war crime.

Posted by Lianne on 26 December 2013 at 15:42

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