Al-Azhar University to close on-campus housing May 22
The entrance of Al-Azhar University - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Al-Azhar University will close its on-campus housing for students from May 22 to 31, during which the student and the university’s employees will be on vacation, the Media Coordinator of the Al-Azhar University Hossam Shaker told The Cairo Post.

Youm 7 reported Wednesday, however, that university board had assigned the students and the on-campus housing a 10-day vacation, starting from May 24 and coinciding with the presidential elections.

Egypt’s presidential election is scheduled to be held on May 26-27, the first since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi on July3.

A source told Youm7 that the situation at the on-campus housing for students is critical, and cannot be controlled.

Shaker added that all students will be asked to leave the housing, even those who have not finished exams; exams will be suspended during this period, he stressed.

Clashes erupted on Tuesday evening between Azhar University student protesters and security forces, after a violent turn of events on the university campus, Youm7 reported. Students set fire to trees and tires during a protest they organized, during which they chanted against the military and police forces.

A total of 36 Al-Azhar University students were sentenced May 11 to four years in prison with labor, and a journalist was acquitted over charges related to violence outside the university in December, when Azhar students blocked roads, attacked bystanders and damaged private cars and stores, according to El-Watan News.

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