Detained Egyptian students in Kyrgyzstan violence released as crisis 'completely resolved': Foreign ministry

Ahram Online , Friday 24 May 2024

The Egyptian students who were apprehended by authorities in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan following recent clashes have now been released, Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated on Thursday, adding that the problem has been solved.

The officials in the Egyptian Diplomatic Mission in their meeting with Egyptian students in Kyrgyzstan. Photo : Egyptian Foreign Ministry


The foreign ministry said the embassy of Egypt in Kazakhstan – which undertakes non-resident representation in the Kyrgyz country – has “successfully contained and completely resolved the crisis.”

It added that the Egyptian students have been escorted to their residence following their release.

The ministry said the Egyptian mission has met with the president of IMU University, where over 530 Egyptian students are enrolled, to address any negative impacts of the violent clashes.

According to the statement, the mission has resolved most of the academic problems that the students face, including moving up the exam dates for those who wish to return to Egypt early.

Last week, violence erupted when mobs targeted several university hostels in the city, allegedly triggered by a previous altercation between Kyrgyz students and Egyptian medical students.

A video purportedly showing the altercation circulated widely on social media.

According to student accounts, the mobs forcefully entered the hostels, breaking doors and windows, and attacking foreign students, particularly those from India and Pakistan.

The clashes resulted in at least 29 injuries, as reported by Kyrgyzstan's Ministry of Health. The Kyrgyz government, however, has confirmed no fatalities.

Nearly 1,500 Egyptians are currently studying in Bishkek.

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