Alexandria Judges Club attacked by armed assailants

Ahram Online , Friday 16 Aug 2013

Armed attackers open fire at Alexandria's Judges Club, set fire to its garden and parked cars

Fire at the club
A Screenshot from a video showing a the fire at the club (Photo:Screenshot)

Unknown assailants on Friday morning attacked the headquarters of the Judges Club of Alexandria – the entity representing a majority of Egyptian judges – and set fire to the garden outside the building, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The guards said a drive-by shooting occurred when a four-wheel-drive car passed by the club and opened fire at the gate. The unknown assailants threw Molotov cocktails that set the garden on fire as well as three cars parked outside.

Al-Ahram did not report any deaths or injuries following the attack.

A long drawn out conflict between the judiciary and the Muslim Brotherhood occurred during ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's one-year term after the Brotherhood dominated the upper house of parliament (Shura Council) and attempted to pass a controversial judicial authority bill.

The Brotherhood and its allies have repeatedly accused the judiciary of being loyal to ousted president Hosni Mubarak. The head of the Judges Club, Ahmed El-Zend, attacked the Brotherhood in response, accusing them of attempting to take control of what he said was an independent judiciary.

A wave of violence is sweeping across Egypt after police forces killed hundreds of Morsi supporters while dispersing their sit-ins in Cairo and Giza on Wednesday.

Police, army officers and conscripts were targeted and many killed prior to and after the dispersal. Churches and government buildings were also attacked in Wednesday’s aftermath.

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