25 Al-Azhar students 'dismissed' for riots

By Sobhi Mugahed, Monday, March 31, 2014

CAIRO – Egypt's Al-Azhar University has dismissed 25 students for an alleged involvement in riots, the first such decision since the military ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi last July.

In a Monday decision, the university said that the students – 11 male students and 14 females – were involved in riots on campus.

The Al-Azhar University has seen almost daily demonstrations – which have often turned violent – since Morsi's overthrow by the army last July.

Recurring clashes with security forces have left several students dead and scores injured in recent weeks and months.

On Sunday, two students were killed when security forces dispersed a rally at the Al-Azhar University.

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