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23 people were killed Friday as a long-running tribal feud sparked armed violence in Al-Seel Al-Refy district, east of Aswan City

Ahram Online, MENA, Saturday 5 Apr 2014
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Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab. (Photo:Reuters)
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Twenty-three people have been killed as a long-running  tribal distpute between two tribes in Al-Seel Al-Refy district east of Aswan City was rekindled on Friday, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

Prime Minister Mahlab and Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim are on their way to Aswan on Saturday to contain the situation, according to Al-Ahram. 

The clashes between families of the Al-Halayel and Al-Dabodeya tribes also left 40 injured. Police managed to briefly stifle the armed fighting, but clashes resumed shortly after.

Egypt’s army spokesman, Ahmed Ali, posted a statement on his official Facebook page saying the crisis "is being contained” after the intervention of the armed forces along with the executive authorities of the governorate. He added that there are signs that the Muslim Brotherhood were involved in igniting the feud between the two tribes.

The interior ministry’s official Facebook account released a statement saying the dispute was sparked on Wednesday when a woman from one tribe was verbally harassed by men from a different tribe. A fight between tribal members was then broken up by police.

In what was meant to be a reconciliation session between both tribes on Friday, a verbal argument ensued, followed by a shootout between the two tribes, the statement read.

As a result of the violence, 17 schools in the area near the conflict were ordered to close on Sunday by Aswan’s governor.

Those injured on Friday were transported to Aswan University Hospital under tight security to avoid acts of vengeance from both sides, MENA reported.

Family feuds in Upper Egypt are not uncommon and can last across generations.

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Haq
06-04-2014 10:58am
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MB Igniting the Fued
"Signs that the MB were involved". Unbelievably ridiculous! It's amazing that anyone actually believes the Egyptian army. Aren't they tired of making fools out of themselves? Skewers of kofta to cure AIDS/hepatitis C and now this? If Egyptians believe such things then it's no wonder they were able to fool the nation into bringing back the old guard.
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Democracia
05-04-2014 11:46pm
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Worse than animals
Worse than animals... Shame for a "civilized" country.... Where does all the uncontrolled weapons come from?
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Scotty Roberts
05-04-2014 06:04pm
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Aswan and Abu Simbel...
As we all know, this type of feuding violence is isolated. I was there in Aswan in February, and we were celebrating Ranesses II's birtday during the sunrise at Abu Simbel. According the the news sources - and our own eyes - there were an estimated 10,000 happy Egyptians celebrating this event, all mingled together on the beach in front of the monument. Don't allow those who want stir discontent debase your perception of Egypt. It was a wonderful experience for us all.
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expat
05-04-2014 05:11pm
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welcome to medial age
welcome to the more intense real live in upper egypt it seems,the tribes are more or less out of control in this part of egypt...not only since yesterday i always wonder,when this bloodthirsty freaks once get out of control in front of any tourism area,it must be possible to hurt the country more by stupidness,it must be,as egypt always shows me,it IS possible
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Key
07-04-2014 01:04am
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@xpat
I never said killing and fighting are ok nor am I an mb or mb supporter like the likes of the US and EU. Save the assumptions and projections for someone less able to articulate their position. Burying your head in the sand and pretending that clandestine criminal operations abroad initiated by the west aren't the cause of the double standard backward state you are in is intellectually dishonest. I would say that those who are not speaking out about the fact that your western governments are usurping your freedoms left and right in the name of security, are unpatriotic stooges who could care less about a sustainable west. I love Egypt especially without external foreign meddling including the MB, that's why I speak out.
expat
06-04-2014 06:38pm
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@ key
do you ever grow up? do you ever try not to just cover your own problems by finger pointing to total different situations? your problem is,that your whole society is convinced that fighting and killing is ok,if one family gets provoked...you want seriously compare that to wars fought by the US,which have nothing to do with me or my country? you should think out of your mb box before you start typing even! the medival behaviour was in fact nice to your own,as it is rather stoneage like,even the pharaos were brain heroes against your flock
Haq
06-04-2014 11:20am
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Both are Wrong
@ Key - Although I agree with what you said, the atrocities committed by the West doesn't justify overlooking the incident in Aswan which is completely indefensible even if minor in comparison to the West. For example, killing 1 is minor when compared to killing 1000 but both are crimes which should be condemned and expat's comments about the Aswan incident minus "bloodthirsty freaks" is actually spot on.
Key
06-04-2014 03:20am
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Look at your country first
In the US and Europe the thugs are in the seat of government killing women and children in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, Central African Republic, and the list goes on under the name of freedom. You're comments are in reference to a minor incident compared to the cold blooded killings the US and their EU allies commit in cold blood by the hundreds of thousands. Who is medieval and bloodthirsty now?
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