Student killed, two reporters injured by gunfire at Cairo University clashes

Ahram Online, Monday 14 Apr 2014

Student shot and killed while two reporters for private media outlets were injured while covering the clashes at Cairo University on Monday

A student died and two reporters suffered gunshot wounds on Monday during clashes at Cairo University that errupted between security forces and students loyal to ousted president Mohamed Morsi, according to Al-Ahram's Arabic news website.

Mohamed Adel, a student in the faculty for Arabic language and Islamic thought, was shot and killed during the clashes. Reports differ as to who killed Adel, with the pro-Morsi students and security forces blaming each other.

Adel's body has been transferred from the campus to hospital, said a security source speaking with Al-Ahram.

Khaled Hussein, a reporter for the daily Arabic newspaper Youm 7, was shot in the chest while covering the clashes in front of the university's main gates.

The other injured journalist, photographer Amr Abdel-Fattah, who works at the privately owned TV channel Sada El-Balad, was shot while covering clashes in front of the university's science faculty.

It has not yet been determined which side fired the shots that injured Hussein and Abdel-Fattah.

According to reports from Twitter, both journalists have been transferred to hospital for treatment.

Tens of pro-Morsi students had gathered on Monday outside the university to chant slogans against the military and police.

Security forces used tear gas to disperse students.

On Sunday, a student protest at Ain Shams University in north Cairo was dispersed by security forces who fired tear gas.

Clashes between pro-Morsi students and security forces have been common at university campuses in Cairo and across Egypt since the start of the academic year in August 2013, a month after Morsi's ouster.

In February, the interim authorities issued a decree allowing security forces to enter campuses and granting university administrators the right to expel protesting students.


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