Prosecution orders arrest of 33 over Aswan’s ethnic conflict
Egyptian police officers - YOUM7/Kareem Abdulkareem

CAIRO: Aswan prosecution ordered Thursday the arrest of 33 suspects implicated in the city’s recent tribal conflict, Youm7 reported.

Three of the suspects are charged with belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood and stirring strife between the Daboud Nubian tribe and the Bani Helal Arab clan. The ethnic conflict resulted in 26 deaths in early April.

The main suspect, a 44-year-old teacher, is accused of being complicit and having incited violence and provided the Daboud tribe with weapons. Of the 33 suspects, 17 belong to Daboud and 16 belong to Bani Helal, according to Youm7.

Nubian youth movements held a conference on April 15, where they accused the Ministry of Interior of inflating charges against people without evidence to “satisfy their leaders who are afraid to be dismissed from their positions.”

Furthermore, they demanded the release of those who were arrested randomly without evidence, in addition to disarming both parties and intensifying the presence of security forces.

Offensive graffiti on school walls in Aswan reportedly led to scuffles between students, which then escalated into armed clashes between the families of the two groups.

The Housing Directorate in Aswan rebuilt houses that were burned down and damaged by the clashes at the expense of the Ministry of Religious Endowment, Youm7 reported.

Prominent officials visited the city to help ease the conflict, including Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb.

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