Egyptian student rebellion at Al-Azhar University on October 20, 2013. The students were protesting against the military coup of July 3., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Egypt's Al-Azhar University suffers LE10 million in losses during Wednesday violence
Thursday 31 Oct 2013
Egypt's ancient Islamic institution estimates losses at LE10 million after Islamist students raid administrative offices, vows to clamp down on culprits
Egypt's Islamic Al-Azhar University has announced that the initial losses caused by Wednesday's violence on campus amount to LE10 million ($1.4 million).
Dozens of Islamist protesters stormed the university's main administrative building in Cairo on Wednesday, causing serious damage.
The ensuing turmoil prompted police to enter the campus for the first time since a 2010 court ruling barred interior ministry personnel from university grounds. At least 26 arrests were made.
"Those claiming peacefulness sabotaged and damaged the building, scaled walls, and smashed doors and windows," read a Wednesday statement by Egypt's top institution for Sunni Islamic instruction.
The administration also extended thanks for the police's intervention on campus.
Police moved in at the request of University President Dr Osama El-Abd, who, alongside another executive, remained in the building "to protect souls and public property," the interior ministry said.
"Their criminal acts will remain a disgrace throughout history," added the statement. "The Egyptian people will not forget the heinous crime they committed by alleging peaceful protests."
The university administration added that it was determined to finish the academic year as planned, vowing to hunt down the perpetrators.
Outside of Cairo, almost two dozen students were wounded in the Nile Delta and Alexandria when Islamists clashed with opponents on university grounds, a security official said.
Prosecutors order detention of 26 suspects after Al-Azhar university clashes
Ahram Online, Thursday 31 Oct 2013
Security forces remain at Al-Azhar University after clashes erupted on Wednesday between Morsi supporters and police
Prosecutors have ordered the detention of 26 people arrested during Wednesday's clashes between supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi and security forces at Al-Azhar University in Cairo.
They are accused gathering illegally, thuggery, destroying public property and possession of weapons.
The suspects, whoinclude eight Al-Azhar students, were allegedly arrested amid the clashes.
Investigations are underway at the site of the clashes and the administration building that was stormed by Morsi supporters.
The university president requested security forces enter the campus to quell the protests.
A number of protests have taken place at the university since the start of term two weeks ago, and police remain on campus on Thursday.