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Egypt's Al-Azhar University suffers LE10 million in losses in violence

Egypt's ancient Islamic institution estimates losses at LE10 million after Islamist students raid administrative offices, vows to clamp down on culprits

Ahram Online , Thursday 31 Oct 2013
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People and police are seen through a hole in the wall of the al-Azhar university administration building after students tried to break-in during student protests in Cairo October 30, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's Islamic Al-Azhar University has announced that the initial losses caused by Wednesday's violence on campus amount to LE10 million ($1.4 million).

Dozens of Islamist protesters stormed the university's main administrative building in Cairo on Wednesday, causing serious damage.

The ensuing turmoil prompted police to enter the campus for the first time since a 2010 court ruling barred interior ministry personnel from university grounds. At least 26 arrests were made.

"Those claiming peacefulness sabotaged and damaged the building, scaled walls, and smashed doors and windows," read a Wednesday statement by Egypt's top institution for Sunni Islamic instruction.

The administration also extended thanks for the police's intervention on campus.

Police moved in at the request of University President Dr Osama El-Abd, who, alongside another executive, remained in the building "to protect souls and public property," the interior ministry said.

"Their criminal acts will remain a disgrace throughout history," added the statement. "The Egyptian people will not forget the heinous crime they committed by alleging peaceful protests."

The university administration added that it was determined to finish the academic year as planned, vowing to hunt down the perpetrators.

Outside of Cairo, almost two dozen students were wounded in the Nile Delta and Alexandria when Islamists clashed with opponents on university grounds, a security official said.

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very very competent
01-11-2013 09:52am
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Utter incompetence.
This is the result of a slow , hesitant, evasive and incompetent management of security at the level of the prime minister and his cabinet!. No traces of leadership or feelings of responsibility. This is not an isolated incidence. This prime minister is devoid of decision making abilities or insight. A similar event would have led to the resignation of the prime minister and his entire cabinet but not in Egypt. This country has fallen victim to an incompetent bunch!!!
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Sobia
01-11-2013 07:38am
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Violence
This is pleasant sign that our liberals friends and media out let now opened the lips now to condemn the violent protests to storming the Al-Azhar University administrative office without going into the background and reason how and why this happen after weeks of peaceful protests, since start of the session. But at the same time all those crying now why were mum & dumb when liberal protesters where attacking presidential palace, MB offices and govt offices…? Did ever media condemn the violent protests against the Morsy..? Did they ever publish estimates of the damages caused by the liberal protesters…? Did you ever condemn attack on mosques by the thugs and Armed forces..? Did you ever condemn brutally killing of 1000s of protesters by the liberal thugs and armed forces…? Is storming an administrative building is greater sin then killings of 1000s innocent souls…? You are crying now only storming on one administrative building after mass killings but wait, if the repression and fascist coup prevails little longer, Egypt will be a new Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan. The coup regime and media are making the land fertile for the suicide bombers.
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Sherif
31-10-2013 09:24pm
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Exercise the law!
No civilized country in the world allows rampant destruction and vandalism of its infrastructure under the pretext of political demonstrations as Egypt is allowing. Muslim Brotherhood must be outlawed as terrorists, and their demonstrations as such banned. Destruction of Egypt must be met with full force and crushed.
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Chuck Davis, London
31-10-2013 08:55pm
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Most noble task
The students are protesting the violent overthrow of their legitimate president. This is what all brave and dignified students do all over the world. Fascism in Egypt must be crushed or else Egypt will be crushed to smithereens. The Islamists should be proud to spearhead this most noble task.
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Allen
01-11-2013 02:43am
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If it was at all VIOLENT
The terrorist brotherhoods puppet would not be alive and well where he belongs.IN PRISON.
Ervin
01-11-2013 12:15am
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Nay
If fascism was there, those guys wouldn't even dare to protest and you to write here. You have a very different notion of fascism.
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husein
31-10-2013 06:41pm
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The culprit shall pay..
The students and culprits involved in this loss--be it active or passive, shall be taken responsible financially and if they refuse or unable they shall be punished to do social work (until the debt is paid) even if it would take all their life long as an example for others who think they can ruin anything anytime. Shameful students and citizen behavior as such should never go unpunished!
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Ervin
31-10-2013 06:36pm
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vandals
No, I cannot believe this, they are peaceful protesters (irony!). This has become a sort of contest to show who is the most peaceful, by smashing and vandalizing everything what they find on their way. The more they smash. Poor word "peace", which is continuously being raped by these thugs. P.s.: If I was their parent, I'd stop sending them money to study. Then I'd love to see if they had time to engage in thuggery.
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