Egypt cops enter varsity to protect lives

2013-10-30 20:26
Egyptian workers inspect damage after pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters stormed the Al-Azhar Islamic university in Cairo, Egypt. (Ahmed Abd El Latef, El Shorouk/AP)

Egyptian workers inspect damage after pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters stormed the Al-Azhar Islamic university in Cairo, Egypt. (Ahmed Abd El Latef, El Shorouk/AP)

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

Cairo - Egyptian police entered Al-Azhar University in Cairo on Wednesday to confront Islamist protesters, the first time security forces have moved on a campus since a 2010 court ruling.

The police took the action at the prestigious Islamic university following a request from its administration, the interior ministry said.

Students supporting deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi have held regular and sometimes violent protests since the beginning of the school year in September.

According to the official Mena news agency, the protesting students had stormed the university's offices on Wednesday, ransacking them and firing birdshot.

Police entered "the Al-Azhar University campus following a request from the university's head Dr Osama al-Abd to defend lives and public property," said the interior ministry.

The police had obtained permission from the state prosecutor before doing so, it added in a statement.

A police general told AFP it was the first time police had entered a university since a 2010 court ruling banned guards belonging to the interior ministry from operating on their grounds.

Pressed by police at every turn, Islamists have adopted universities as protest hubs to galvanise their flagging movement four months after the military overthrew Morsi.

Read more on:    egypt  |  north africa  |  egypt crisis

Join the conversation!

24.com 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

24.com 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
2 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

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

Hello 

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 24.com network.

Settings

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.