Two killed in clashes at Cairo University as violence spreads
Two people were killed on Wednesday in clashes between Egypt’s security forces and hundreds of students at al-Azhar University in Cairo.
More than 1,500 students had marched earlier from the university campus in Cairo's Nasr City to al-Azhar’s central administrative building, the state-owned al-Ahram news website reported.
When the students attempted to storm the building, security forces intervened and forced them to return to the campus, Al Arabiya correspondent reported.
Earlier reports suggested that a campus building was set on fire, but a university employee told Al Arabiya News Channel that a number of trees were burning.
He said dozens of students were detained by police.
They students shouted slogans against the interior ministry and military general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
The demanded the removal of al-Azhar Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb and al-Azhar University President Osama el-Abd who they accuse of providing a religious cover-up for the military-back government’s perceived crimes.
Last week, a court sentenced 12 Azhar students to 17 years in prison for attacking the university’s administrative building.