BEIRUT- Tens of thousands were gathering south of Beirut for the mass funeral of Lebanon's top Shi'ite cleric and one of the sect's most revered religious authorities.
The government on Tuesday declared a national day of mourning for Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, 75, who died Sunday after a long illness. State institutions, schools and universities were closed.
In Beirut's southern suburb of Haret Hreik, crowds dressed in black and carrying portraits of the late ayatollah gathered outside his house to accompany the coffin to the mosque for burial.
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