At least six killed, dozens injured in family feud in Egypt's Fayoum

Ahram Online , Wednesday 12 Aug 2020

The clash in the southern governorate took place over a plot of farmland

At least six people were killed and 35 injured in a fight over a plot of farmland in the Egyptian governorate of Fayoum, south of Cairo, in the early hours of Wednesday, Al-Ahram Arabic news website and other local news outlets reported.

Initial investigations revealed the brawl in the Agmeen village took place between a group of 19 cousins over a piece of land. The squabble soon escalated into a clash with firearms that lasted for several hours.

Fayoum security directorate dispatched anti-riot forces to stop the fight and police cordoned off the crime site.

The victims were transferred to a hospital and prosecutors are currently investigating the incident.

At least four people have been arrested as authorities continue to search for some of the suspects at large.

Weapons used in feuds are often unlicensed and smuggled into the country illegally. The government proposed several initiatives in the past years to encourage people to hand over their illegal weapons since 2011 without legal accountability. 

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