Tribal clashes in Aswan leave 4 dead, 1 injured
Egyptian police officers - YOUM7/Kareem Abdulkareem

CAIRO: Four people were killed and a fifth person was injured Wednesday after clashes broke out between two families in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Aswan, Youm7 reported.

The newspaper specified that the tribal clashes took place in El-Adwa Village in Kom Ombo district. The confrontation began when the El-Hosary family launched an attack with firearms on the Younis family over unspecified disagreements between them.

The fighting resulted in the death of El-Hosary family members Abdel Wahab Mohamed, 35, and his two brothers Aly, 40, and Omar, 30. The Younis family lost Mohamed Mostafa, 40, and left Abu Bakr Aly, 40, hospitalized after he was shot in his back.

The Criminal Investigations Department in the governorate arrived at the scene of the incident to try and contain the situation and take legal action.

In April 2015, El-Adwa Village witnessed tribal clashes between two other families which left 25 dead and 44 injured. The deadly clashes erupted two years ago between the Beni Helal family and the Daboud Nubian tribe when the latter placed 27 dead bodies from the Beni Helal family on carts. In retaliation, the Arab clan of Beni Helal set alight two Daboud corpses, placed them on a cart, and paraded them around the city streets.

In May 2016, a total of 25 convicts received initial sentences of death over the 2014 incidents; the ruling is not yet final and can be challenged.

The Beni Helal and Daboud families killed members from each others clan as they believe in Thar. In Upper Egypt, the concept of Tahr, which means revenge or blood debt, dictates that if a family member is killed, a member of the killer’s family must die, which can often spiral into cycles of violence. Police and court procedures often do not sufficiently redress families’ honor, so reconciliation meetings are seen as a practical means to curb violence and preserve face in the community.

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