Egypt sends reinforcements to contain Aswan clashes

By Mohamed Shadi, Sunday, April 06, 2014

The violence in Aswan had started between Nubian Daboudia and Arab Hilaliya tribes on Friday

The violence in Aswan had started between Nubian Daboudia and Arab Hilaliya tribes on Friday

CAIRO – Egyptian Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said on Sunday that his ministry has sent reinforcements to control raging clan clashes in the southernmost province of Aswan, describing the situation there as "complicated."

"The problem has many sides to it," Ibrahim said. "But security agencies are close to solving it in cooperation with local chieftains and mayors," he added.

The violence in Aswan had started between Nubian Daboudia and Arab Hilaliya tribes on Friday on the background of a scuffle over a girl between school students from two clans, according to eyewitnesses. At least 25 people have been killed in the violence and dozens more injured.

Prosecutors on Sunday listened to the 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.

Ibrahim denied reports about the sacking of Aswan security chief on the background of the clashes, saying the security chief still serves in his position.

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