Grand Mufti confirms mass death sentences in Aswan tribal feud
Egypt's Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam - YOUM7/Sami Wahib
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CAIRO: The Qena Criminal Court on Tuesday confirmed death sentences against 26 convicts in relation to tribal clashes between two families that left at least 28 dead in Aswan in 2014, Youm7 reported.

The court also sentenced the rest of the 163 defendants to several jail terms ranging between five and 15 years.

Members from the Arab Al-Halayel (Beni Helal) clan and the Nubian Al-Dabodeya family;  two local ethnic tribes in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Aswan, clashed following verbal insults between students from both sides.

Cars were torched, homes were looted and 28 people were shot dead while dozens were stabbed before the army and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar intervened to contain the crisis.

On May 11, the convicts were given, by the same court, preliminary death sentences that were sent to the country’s Mufti for consideration. The Mufti’s decision is non-binding and Tuesday’s judicial ruling can still be appealed.

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