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Security forces have arrested 80 Muslim Brotherhood members on violence charges, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.
In a statement, the ministry said that 53 Brotherhood members were arrested for possessing three sacks full of Molotov cocktails.
According to the statement, Brotherhood members staged limited rallies and "blocked roads, assaulted citizens, torched a bus, police vehicle and four cars".
The ministry said policemen dispersed rallies staged by "terrorist" Brotherhood students in eastern Cairo and the southern Assiut province, arresting 27 "rioters".
According to the ministry, a number of policemen, including a police officer from Assiut, were injured in clashes with the students.
Last month, the Egyptian government officially designated the Muslim Brotherhood, from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails, as a "terrorist" group.
Police withdraw from Al-Azhar dormitory after arresting students
Egyptian police forces withdrew from the Al-Azhar University dormitory in eastern Cairo late Wednesday following the arrest of a number of students, eyewitnesses said.
According to the witnesses, policemen stormed into a student hostel and a restaurant inside the dormitory and clashed with students.
A number of students were arrested by the forces, which later leaved the building, the witnesses said.
Windows of the building and a dormitory mosque were smashed in the clashes between students and security forces, the witnesses added.
"Storming the dormitory is yet a new crime by the coup authorities," Mahmoud al-Azhari, spokesman for the "students against coup" group, wrote on his Facebook page.
He said that 113 students were arrested by security forces before leaving the dormitory.
Meanwhile, a field hospital, run by Muslim Brotherhood students in the dormitory, said 36 students were injured in clashes with security forces.
The hospital said that 50 more students suffocated in the fumes of teargas fired by security forces.
The claim was not confirmed by Egyptian authorities.Last Mod: 09 Ocak 2014, 10:11