7 Al-Azhar students expelled over university riots
Al-Azhar University - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Al-Azhar University’s Faculty of Islamic Studies for girls has expelled seven students over involvement in riots at the university, Youm7 reported Sunday.

The faculty issued the decision after investigations showed the students had participated in “chaos that disrupted the study.” The expelled students are banned from entering the university per the decision.

Al-Azhar University witnessed the most wide-scale protests that erupted at Egyptian universities during the academic year of 2013/2014, demanding the reinstatement of President Mohamed Morsi. The academic year began after the August 2013 dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in, where hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood protesters were killed by the police.

Many students were arrested over accusations of participating in clashes with security forces, which left casualties among students.

In March, 32 Al-Azhar University students had their four-year prison term commuted to one year, which they have already served since they were arrested in December 2013. They were charged of forcibly preventing fellow students from attending exams and violent protesting.

Additional reporting by Nada Saleem

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