World Bulletin / News Desk
A three-day truce has been declared in the southern Egyptian city of Aswan following three days of fighting between rival clans that left 24 people dead, a government official said Monday.
"The truce was reached following separate talks late Sunday with the two tribes, which continued into the early hours of Monday," Aswan Governor Mustafa Yousri told a local radio station.
The violence – between the Nubian Daboudia tribe and the Arab Hilaliya tribe – erupted on Friday following a scuffle between school students from the rival clans over a girl, according to eyewitnesses.
Government officials say 24 people have been killed in the violence and dozens more injured.
Yousri is expected to issue a statement later Monday with more details, according to sources at the governor's office.
Earlier in the day, Yousri vowed that anyone from either clan who "encourages rioting or carries a weapon" would be arrested.
At least eight people were arrested on Sunday in connection with the violence, he told reporters.
Deadly vendettas are common in Upper Egypt, where there is a greater proliferation of weapons than in Egypt's northern provinces. In many cases, feuds between local families can be traced back decades.
When such vendettas occur, the government is often involved in the mediation and reconciliation efforts that follow.Last Mod: 07 Nisan 2014, 12:46