Students at Cairo University in Egypt rallying in support of deposed President and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi clashed with university security guards on Thursday, resulting in the death of at least one student.
Although Cairo University President Gaber Nasser denied that a student had been killed, the Ministry of Interior confirmed that commerce student Omar Osama died from a gunshot wound on Thursday. The university student union announced later in the day that another student, Ali Mohamed Ali, had also died of gunshot wounds.
The Ministry of Interior refused to accept blame for the student's death and issued a statement that central security forces entered the university after clashes had begun between the guards and student protesters. However, spokesman for the Students Against the Coup Youssof Moslem claimed that the government was responsible.
Deposed President Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood member, was removed from power by the military on July 3, 2013 and was charged in three separate cases with inciting murder in the deaths of protesters. His trial is set to resume February 1. Tensions between security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters spiked following Morsi's removal.
In December, the Egyptian government deemed the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization and announced it would arrest anyone attending Muslim Brotherhood protests or anyone providing financial support to the group. Following that announcement, pro-Muslim Brotherhood protests erupted.
[Ahram Online] [Daily News Egypt]