2 killed, 10 injured in renewed S. Egypt clan fighting

By Mohamed Shadi, Sunday, April 06, 2014

At least two Egyptians were killed on Sunday and ten injured in a fresh episode of clan fighting in the southern city of Aswan, state television reported, following hours of calm.

At least two Egyptians were killed on Sunday and ten injured in a fresh episode of clan fighting in the southern city of Aswan, state television reported, following hours of calm.

CAIRO – At least two Egyptians were killed on Sunday and ten injured in a fresh episode of clan fighting in the southern city of Aswan, state television reported, following hours of calm.

Deadly clashes flared up once again for the third day in a row in Aswan between an Arab clan and a Nubian one, and some homes were also burned, a security source confirmed to Anadolu Agency.

He went on to say that one of the injured is a cameraman working for an Egyptian satellite channel, adding that he has been hospitalized.

Earlier, Aswan's governor Mustafa Yousri headed to the scene in an attempt to cool down the situation, but locals advised him to leave.

Prior to the fresh violence, a state of tense calm had briefly reigned over the city following two days of clan fighting that left at least 23 dead and 31 injured.

The violence in Aswan had started between Nubian Daboudia and Arab Hilaliya tribes on the background of a scuffle over a girl between school students from two clans, according to eyewitnesses.

Prosecutors continued on Sunday to listen to testimonies of those who have been hospitalized after sustaining injuries in the fighting, while families of the slain are still waiting for the burial permit for their relatives.

Interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehlab ordered the formation of a fact-finding commission to investigate the incidents, following a meeting between representatives from the two tribes in Aswan on Saturday.

Twenty-four schools in Aswan have been ordered closed indefinitely as of Sunday, based on a decision by Yousri.

Deadly family feuds are common in Upper Egypt, where weapons spread more freely than the northern provinces. Vengeances among southern families in many cases could be traced to decades back. Government mediation is often involved for reconciliation.

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