Islamist student killed in clashes at Cairo's Al-Azhar University   2013-12-28 21:55:37            

CAIRO, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- One student was killed in clashes between the Muslim Brotherhood's supporters and police forces at Al-Azhar University in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, state TV reported on Saturday.

Egyptian students backing ousted President Mohamed Morsi clashed with the police at the Sunni Islam's most prominent Al- Azhar University and torched some buildings of two colleges.

The clashes erupted when some Islamist students prevented their classmates from entering the university to sit for mid-term exams, official news agency MENA reported.

The security forces fired tear gas at the stone-throwing students who also set ablaze some nearby trees and dust bins.

TV footage showed fire and black smoke coming out from some floors of the faculties of commerce and agriculture.

Riot police managed to contain the clashes and put out the fire, MENA reported, adding the exams were delayed due to the violence but took place anyway.

The violence came a day after five people were killed, seven injured and 265 arrested across Egypt in clashes between supporters of the Brotherhood and the police after the group was listed as a terrorist organization by the military-backed government on Wednesday.

More then 100 students were arrested during Saturday's riot acts, with Molotov cocktails, guns and cartouche in their possession, interior ministry official said in a statement.

Students loyal to Morsi have been staging daily protests for months inside and outside their universities in defiance to a protest law issued last month by the government, which made it compulsory to seek a police permit to hold a demonstration.

Thousands of Islamists have been arrested since the ouster of the Islamist leader in July, including top leaders of the Brotherhood over inciting violence and murders.

Experts believe that the protest law, which mainly targets the Islamists who have been launching protests since Morsi's ouster, and the designation of the Brotherhood as a terrorist group may trigger more violence in the country when it prepares for a referendum on a draft constitution to be held in mid-January.

The referendum has been seen as a key step in Egypt's democratic transition, and is to be followed by parliamentary and presidential elections by autumn 2014, according to the military- installed government's roadmap.

While expressing concerns about the Brotherhood's designation as a terrorist group, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed full understanding of Egypt's right to combat terrorism and urged the government to commit to the next steps of the roadmap to establish a democratic state.

Meanwhile, British Home Office said Saturday it does not acknowledge the Egyptian government's decision to blacklist the Brotherhood.

In a statement published on Saturday, the Strong Egypt Party, headed by former presidential candidate Abdel Moniem Abou el- Fotouh, described the government's move as an interference in the judicial authority, arguing that no verdict has been issued against the group so far which proves their involvement in any terrorist operation.


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