Nubians demand curfew in Aswan as Mahlab, Ibrahim try to resolve conflict
Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb

CAIRO: Nubians requested that a curfew be imposed in Khor Awada, an area in east Aswan where deadly violence occurred Friday and Saturday, head of the Aswan Teachers Syndicate Yassine Abdel Sabour told Youm7 Saturday.

Nubians called on Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab to provide drinking water and food to residents stranded in the area, said Abdel Sabour, who attended a meeting with Mahlab as a representative of Nubian tribes.

Mahlab promised to arrest perpetrators and seize unlicensed weapons, Abdel Sabour added. Military forces have already been deployed in the area to prevent further clashes.

A violent conflict between people from Bani-Helal and the Nubian village Daboud erupted Friday near Aswan and escalated on Saturday, threatening to turn into a wide-scale ethnic conflict.

After 23 were killed in the tribal conflict, Mahlab, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, and Minister of Local Development Adel Labib flew to Aswan to meet with the Governor of Aswan Mostfa Yousri and a number of tribal leaders Saturday, Youm7 reported.

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