Prime Minister to investigate violent Aswan clashes
Egypt's Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb

CAIRO: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab announced Saturday he would form a fact-finding committee to investigate a tribal feud that resulted in 23 death and 50 injured Friday in Aswan’s al-Sayl al-Refi village.

The decision was after a meeting held between tribal leaders and the prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab, also attended by the Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim, the Minister of Local Development Adel Labib and Aswan’s governor Mustafa Yousri, reported to al-Wafd newspaper.

Al-Badeel’s reporter in Aswan Ibrahim al-Agami told The Cairo Post that the conflict erupted when students from both ethnic groups exchanged verbal insults Friday, which escalated into an armed conflict between two families in the al-Sayl al-Refi area.

Nubians requested that a curfew 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.

Schools and some Azhar institutions announced they would be closed Sunday as a result of the clashes.

Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb announced he would send preachers from the institution to Aswan Friday to preach against violence.

Additionally reporting by Abd Allah Salah and Loai Ali.

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