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Dozens injured as clashes erupt in Egypt cities

Riot police officers take positions in front of Cairo University, as students who are supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and deposed President Mohamed Mursi, plan a protest against former Defence Minister Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after Sisi announced that he will run for presidential elections, March 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

CAIRO: Clashes erupted Tuesday between student supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and security forces in several cities, wounding at least 33 people, the health ministry said.

The violence came as registration of candidates for the May 26-27 presidential election entered its second day, with former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led Morsi's ouster last July, widely expected to win.

At least 31 people were hurt when students of Al-Azhar University's branch in the southern city of Assuit clashed with security forces, officials said.

Fighting was also reported at Cairo's Ein Shams University, while police fired tear gas in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and in the central city of Mansoura as pro-Morsi students clashed with security forces.

Two people were wounded in similar fighting in the Nile Delta city of Damanhur.

Violence erupts regularly at universities, which Morsi supporters use to challenge the military-installed authorities. 

On Tuesday, Cairo's Al-Azhar University expelled 25 students, blaming them for violence the previous day.

In a separate incident in Damanhur on Tuesday, three Sisi supporters were hurt by pro-Morsi students.

The two groups clashed when Sisi's supporters had gone to register their backing for his presidential candidacy.

Every candidate has to procure the signatures of at least 25,000 backers to formally register for the election.

At least 1,400 people have been killed in street clashes, mostly Islamist supporters of Morsi, since his ouster, rights group Amnesty International says.

Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood has been declared a "terrorist organisation" by the authorities and by Saudi Arabia.

On Tuesday, British Prime Minister David Cameron said he had ordered an investigation into the Brotherhood over concerns the group is linked to violent extremism.

 

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Clashes erupted Tuesday between student supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and security forces in several cities, wounding at least 33 people, the health ministry said.

At least 31 people were hurt when students of Al-Azhar University's branch in the southern city of Assuit clashed with security forces, officials said.

In a separate incident in Damanhur on Tuesday, three Sisi supporters were hurt by pro-Morsi students.

At least 1,400 people have been killed in street clashes, mostly Islamist supporters of Morsi, since his ouster, rights group Amnesty International says.


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