Egyptian riot police clash with students at Azhar University

Published April 17th, 2014 - 06:11 GMT

Egyptian riot police have attacked supporters of ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, at Cairo’s al Azhar University.

Security forces used buckshot and tear gas to disperse the protesters at the university, which has been a common site of unrest in recent months.

Dozens of protesting students were injured and several others bussed to detention centers.

Spokesmen for student protesters have claimed security forces fired live rounds at them.

Violent clashes have been also reported in other universities in the cities of Zagazig and Asyut. Armed men under the protection of security forces have reportedly attacked the protesters, causing injuries.

The fierce clashes at university campuses have been the latest in a new wave of bloody crackdown against anti-military students.

Also on Wednesday, an Egyptian court sentenced nearly 120 supporters of Muslim Brotherhood to three years in jail each.

The latest developments come after Egypt's former defense minister, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, officially submitted his bid to run for president.

Sisi led the overthrow of Morsi, suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament in July last year. He is also accused of leading a severe crackdown against the supporters of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egyptian military-installed interim officials have mounted a heavy-handed crackdown on Morsi supporters and members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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