Egypt: 500 students hit with food poisoning

2013-04-02 12:36
Shutterstock []

Shutterstock []

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cairo - A senior Egyptian health ministry official says nearly 500 students from Cairo's Al-Azhar university have been admitted to hospital with food poisoning.

The official, Khaled el-Khateib, said on Tuesday that all 479 food poisoning cases came from the university's dormitories in Cairo's Nasr City district. The poisonings occurred after a meal served at the dormitories on Monday.

Al-Azhar students plan a protest outside the university's offices later on Tuesday. On Monday, hundreds of angry students demonstrated outside the residence halls, blocking roads and chanting slogans against the university's management.

The university belongs to Al-Azhar mosque, the world's foremost seat of Sunni Islam learning. Beside religious studies, the university awards degrees in sciences and humanities.

Egypt's top prosecutor on Tuesday ordered an investigation into the case.

Read more on:    egypt  |  north africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.