Student killed in Violent Protests at Al-Azhar University

November 21, 2013 . By

One student was killed by police forces and many others detained during clashes between pro-Morsi supporters and security officials at Al-Azhar University on November 20, 2013. Security forces raided Al-Azhar and attempted to disperse violent student protests by releasing tear gas bombs and firing at the crowds with live ammunition. Students were allegedly vandalizing property, throwing bricks, stones, and petrol bombs at officers. According to one student witness, a student named Abdul Ghany Hamouda was subjected to tear gas and shot in the head by police forces while being treated in the university dormitories for exposure to tear gas. Due to the politically charged nature of the violence, Al-Azhar University suspended several students and prohibited protests on university campus. Additionally, 24 students were arrested for rioting.