25 Al-Azhar students 'dismissed' for riots

On Sunday, two students were killed when security forces dispersed a rally at the Al-Azhar University.

25 Al-Azhar students 'dismissed' for riots

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egypt's Al-Azhar University has dismissed 25 students for an alleged involvement in riots, the first such decision since the military ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi last July.

In a Monday decision, the university said that the students – 11 male students and 14 females – were involved in riots on campus.

The Al-Azhar University has seen almost daily demonstrations – which have often turned violent – since Morsi's overthrow by the army last July.

Recurring clashes with security forces have left several students dead and scores injured in recent weeks and months.

On Sunday, two students were killed when security forces dispersed a rally at the Al-Azhar University.

Egypt police disperse anti-Sisi Cairo protest

Egyptian security forces on Monday used teargas to disperse a protest by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in western Cairo against a presidential bid by former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

Partisans of the deposed leader gathered outside the Mustafa Mahmoud Mosque in western Cairo's upscale Mohandeseen district, prompting police to disperse them with teargas, eyewitnesses said.

Some demonstrators suffered temporary asphyxiation.

Al-Sisi, who led the army's July 3 ouster of Morsi – Egypt's first freely elected president – resigned as army chief and defense minister on Wednesday before revealing his intention to run for president.

Presidential hopefuls on Monday began collecting the citizens' signatures needed to officially register their candidacies in advance of presidential polls slated for May 26 and 27.

Presidential elections are the second step of a transitional roadmap unveiled by the military following Morsi's overthrow last July.

Last Mod: 01 Nisan 2014, 09:42
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