Student injured in Cairo University clashes last week dies

Ahram Online , Sunday 26 Jan 2014

A law student who had been in coma for a week following campus clashes died Saturday

Sherif El-Sawy, a student injured during last week's clashes at Cairo University, succumbed to his injuries Saturday.

According to Taymour Mostafa, head of Kasr El-Aini Hospital, El-Sawy was brought to the hospital after receiving "a metal projectile" in his head, causing a blood clot in the skull.

El-Sawy, a law student, was injured during clashes between Muslim Brotherhood students and security forces on campus. He had been in a coma since his injury.

The clashes, on 16 January, also saw the killing of commerce student Omar Osama, who died from a gunshot wound.

Protests have been taking place on campuses all over Egypt since the beginning of the academic year in September, but have increased since the beginning of the exam period in December, as students who oppose the interim authorities and support ousted president Mohamed Morsi launched demonstrations and called for boycotting end of semester exams. Clashes have led to a number of deaths.

Last Monday, Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim had said in a speech to graduating police officers that security forces would be pulled out of university campuses as soon as the exam period is over.

Speaking to Saudi-owned Al-Okaz newspaper Sunday, Minister of Higher Education Hossam Eissa affirmed that the second semester would witness strict security procedures on campus, "to prevent any attempts by students of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood to disrupt the education process."

"The new security preparations does not mean the return of university [police] guards," said Eissa.

In October 2010, Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court upheld a verdict to remove police from campuses, after the police had become notorious for heavy-handed tactics against students and targeting politically active members of the student body.

Following the January 25 Revolution, administrative security guards were hired instead.

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