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Aswan schools reopen following deadly tribal cashes

Schools were closed when fighting broke out last week in the Upper Egyptian city between an Arab clan and a Nubian tribe in clashes that left 26 dead

Ahram Online, Saturday 12 Apr 2014
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Twenty-five schools in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Aswan reopened on Saturday after being closed for a week due to a bloody tribal conflict in the city.

Classes at the schools were suspended when clashes broke out between an Arab clan, Bani Helal, and a Nubian tribe, Daboudiya, killing 26 and injuring 56.

Egyptian authorities managed to persuade the two tribes to broker a one-month truce, with the stipulation that any breach in the pact would lead to military and police intervention.

The conflict started last week when a girl from one of the tribes was harassed by students from the other family at their local school. The incident was then followed with the feuding students writing offensive graffiti written on the school walls.

The clashes stoked panic in the touristic city. Egypt's interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab visited Aswan amidst the conflict in efforts to reconcile the violence between the two families.

Several suspects have been arrested on suspicion of taking part in the armed confrontations.

Aswan's Governor Mostafa Youssry visited a number of schools early on Saturday, including Mohamed Saleh Harb Industrial School, where the fighting first began.

 

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