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Arrests made in connection with Aswan violence

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Two men thought to have been involved in the bloody tribal violence were arrested on Wednesday

Police forces arrested two men thought to have been involved in the bloody tribal clashes in Aswan Governorate that resulted in 26 deaths and dozens of injuries.

Major General Hassan Al-Sohagy told state-run news agency MENA that a 27 year-old and 26 year-old man were arrested on Wednesday in Aswan.

The clashes broke out on 4 April between the Arab Bani Hilal tribe and the Nubian Daboudya tribe due to a case of sexual harassment, according to the Ministry of Interior. The first few days of violence resulted in 23 deaths, with two more added to the toll when clashes renewed after a temporary lull in the violence. The final victim of the violence passed away in hospital as a result of injuries sustained.

The two tribes agreed to a three day truce, followed by reconciliation efforts overseen by Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb, who travelled to Aswan and established a committee to “seek to complete a comprehensive reconciliation between the two parties”.

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