76 students expelled from Al-Azhar University
Muslim Brotherhood clashes at Al-Azhar University - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Osama Al-Abd, head of Al-Azhar University, decided on Sunday to expel 76 students over their alleged involvement in riots and violence at the university, MENA reported.

“The decision came after investigations conducted by the university with the students,” he said. “The investigation proved the students took part in activities which violate university regulations.”

Of the students, 36 were female students from the university’s branch in the Nile Delta city of Zagazig.

Al-Abd stated that the university takes any legal action necessary against anyone found to be involved in violence, MENA reported.

Another 27 Al-Azhar students were expelled on April 2 for violent acts and riots that broke out inside the campus on March 31.

Al-Azhar University has been the scene of numerous violent clashes between students supporting ousted President Mohamed Morsi and security forces, since the beginning of the academic year last August.

The second semester of Al-Azhar University resumed on March 15, after being postponed three consecutive times for security reasons.

The university administration approved the presence of forces from the Interior Ministry inside campus on a daily basis until the end of the month.

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