Student Killed, 101 Arrested in Egypt Clashes

Egypt continues its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood which was designated as a terrorist organization.

Elad Benari ,

Protest against the military in front of Cair
Protest against the military in front of Cair

The violence in Egypt continued on Saturday, as a student was killed and 101 arrested following clashes with police, reported AFP.

According to the report, the clashes occurred between officers and students who set fire to a Cairo university building.

The unrest followed nationwide repression of Islamist protests on Friday, two days after the military-installed government designated the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement of deposed president Mohammed Morsi, as a terrorist organization.

A hospital official said a 19-year-old student was shot dead in the clashes at the Al-Azhar University campus on Saturday, where pro-Morsi students have regularly staged protests since his overthrow by the army in July.

The students entered the commerce faculty during an exam and set it alight, before police burst into the campus and fired tear gas, according to AFP.

A police official said 101 students were arrested after the fire on the first two floors of the building was brought under control.

The violence comes a day after five people were killed in clashes across the country, according to a health ministry tally on Saturday, as police stamped out Brotherhood demonstrations.

The interior ministry said 265 protesters were arrested.

The interim government has banned protests by Brotherhood members demanding Morsi's reinstatement, after listing it as a terrorist group this week.

The designation carries harsh penalties for offenders, with Brotherhood leaders facing possible death sentences and protesters looking at up to five years in prison.

On Thursday, Egyptian authorities arrested dozens of members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The terror designation came a day after a massive suicide car bombing in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura killed 16 people and wounded more than 100.

The Mansoura attack was claimed by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, a Sinai-based Al Qaeda-inspired group which has claimed various attacks in and outside the Sinai peninsula, but Egypt’s government has said that there is a link between the Muslim Brotherhood and the ongoing terrorism in the country.

The Brotherhood has held near-daily protests since the military ousted Morsi on July 3, despite a crackdown that has killed more than 1,000 people, mainly Islamists, and imprisoned thousands.

On Friday, the Islamist movement, which had dominated elections following the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak in early 2011, said it would remain committed to peaceful protests.

"The Muslim Brotherhood declares it is innocent of any violent incident that has (been) or will be committed," it said in a statement quoted by AFP.

A senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood has blasted the decision to declare the organization a “terrorist group” and said the Islamists in Egypt would continue with their near-daily demonstrations despite the blacklist.