1 killed in renewed tribal clashes in Aswan

CAIRO: One person has been killed and 10 injured in renewed clashes in Upper Egypt’s Aswan’s al-Sayl al-Refi village Sunday.

The death toll now stands at 25, after Friday evening clashes resulted from an escalated feud between two tribes, the Beni Helal and the Daboudia.

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 turned into an armed conflict.

Youm7 reported that when members of the Beni Helal tribe were receiving the corpses of their relatives at the Aswan General morgue Sunday, one of their houses were set to fire.

The Railway Authority stopped train movements between Cairo-Aswan Sunday due to the renewal of the clashes.

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

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim flew to the city to meet with the Governor of Aswan Mostfa Yousri and a number of tribal leaders Saturday. Mahlab has ordered an investigation into the incident.

Additional reporting Reda Habeshy and Abd Allah Salah.

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