GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — A major Gaza hospital named after Hosni Mubarak is to be rebaptised “Tahrir” after the Cairo square at the centre of the uprising which felled the Egyptian leader.
“The Mubarak hospital for children in Khan Yunis is to be renamed Tahrir hospital in honour of the Egyptian revolution in Tahrir Square,” Yussef al-Mudallah, director general of the Hamas-run health ministry, told AFP. The hospital, one of the biggest in southern Gaza, was named after Mubarak in honour of the close ties between the Palestinian Authority and the Egyptian regime. The Egyptian president was driven out on Friday after 18 days of mass civilian protests, in a move welcomed by Gaza’s Hamas rulers and celebrated across the enclave. The epicentre of the protest movement was Cairo’s Tahrir — “Liberation” in English — Square.