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University president injured, targeted in shooting

Incident comes amid "tensions" between Egypt’s universities and students

The Azhar University in Cairo condemned Monaday an attack on the Acting President of Zagazig University, who was injured in a shooting near his house in Sharkeya, a statement published by state media said Thursday.

Abdel Hakeem Nour El-Din was reportedly wounded in the foot after three gunmen fired at him but the attackers are yet to be identified. It remains unclear as to why he was shot.

Zagazig University, like other universities across Egypt, witnessed restless relations between students and administrations for a number of different reasons such as legal prosecution, suspension and expulsion of students, and a recent crisis related to students unions’ elections, which risk being cancelled.

The Students Against the Coup movement (SAC) issued a statement Tuesday calling for “a new revolutionary move” called “Keffaya” (Enough).

“We will defend our student causes and remain in solidarity with our detained colleagues; we renew our rejection for the continuation of practices of oppression, murder, and detention of students,” the group stated.

The reason of the feeling of discontent is believed to be related to the sentencing of the group’s former spokesperson Ibrahim Gamal to three years in prison, after a year and half in detention pending trial.

Gamal was present and sentenced by the Cairo Criminal Court, while 16 other defendants in the same case received 5 years in absentia on charges of forming a ‘terrorist cell’ in Helwan. They were accused of “spreading lies, preventing state institutions from operating, harming national unity and social order,” state-owned media Al-Ahram reported Tuesday.

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