Egyptian security forces storm Al-Azhar University dorms

Ahram Online, Friday 6 Jun 2014

Pro-Morsi students were protesting at Al-Azhar university

Al-Azhar University
Vehicles drive past Al-Azhar University, which was founded in the 10th century through the endowment of a charitable trust, or awqaf, in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

Security forces stormed the student dormitories at Al-Azhar University in Cairo to control chaos caused by rioting students who support ousted president Mohamed Morsi, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported on Friday.

Clashes between security forces and some students erupted as students started to throw fireworks at security personnel.

According to other media reports, the forces used teargas outside the university`s dormitories to disperse the students.

University students are currently taking their end-of-year exams.

Universities have been a major site for protests and demonstrations by supporters of Morsi, with weekly protests at many sites.

The on-campus protests have often turned violent, with hundreds of students arrested and several killed since the beginning of the academic year last September.

Security forces intensified their presence around Egypt’s capital on Friday in anticipation of protests by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

The major pro-Morsi coalition, the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, called on supporters of the ousted president to launch a wave of protests starting Friday, to be escalated on Sunday when Egypt’s new president elect, Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi, is sworn into office.

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