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Student protester killed in Egypt clashes

27 December 2013 10:59

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One Egyptian student protester has been killed in clashes between opponents and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi in the capital Cairo.

The student was killed late on Thursday night after the two sides exchanged gunfire in Cairo’s Nasr City district, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said.

Police fired teargas into the crowd to disperse protesters, the ministry added.

This comes as the military-appointed government intensified its violent crackdown on anti-coup demonstrators on Thursday, a day after the interim government declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group.

Earlier on Thursday, police raided Cairo’s al-Azhar University and clashed with the students protesting against the military that toppled Morsi and suspended the constitution in July.

Several students, including female students, were reportedly arrested and a number of others wounded during the raid.

Anti-coup protests have swept universities across the country since the new academic year started in September.

Egypt has been experiencing unrelenting violence since July 3, when the army ousted Morsi’s government, suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament. It also appointed the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmoud Mansour, as the new interim president.

The government of Mansour has launched a bloody crackdown on Morsi supporters and arrested more than 2,000 Muslim Brotherhood members.

About 1,000 people were killed in a week of violence between Morsi supporters and security forces after police dispersed their protest camps in a deadly operation in mid-August.

The massacre sparked international condemnation and prompted world bodies to call for an independent investigation into the violence.

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