The Al-Azhar University branch in Zagazig permanently expelled 21 female students for damaging university property with slogans against the police and the military, the student initiative Al-Azhari Monitor for Rights and Freedoms said on Wednesday.
The group quoted Amal AbdelRahman, the dean of the school of Islamic and Arabic studies in Zagazig branch of the university. He stated that the girls had attacked the university administrations security, rioted, and organised protests.
Last month ago Al-Azhar University permanently expelled 11 other female students for “inciting violence”, and damaging the dean’s car.
Wednesday also marked a year in jail for five female Azhar students after security forces arrested them from inside their campus, according to the Al-Azhari Monitor. The group claimed that the girls have been subjected to a number of abuses inside prison, including physical torture.
The Al-Azhar Girl’s University has been a site of clashes between students and security forces over the past two academic years. On several occasions, police forces entered the university to disperse protests.
Police forces have arrested at least 163 students since the start of the academic year on 11 October, according to Democracy Index.