Security forces allegedly kill student in Giza protest

Jihad Abaza
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Security forces allegedly killed 18-year-old university student Omar Fathy during clashes with protesters in the Giza governorate’s Hawamdeya neighbourhood on Friday, according to Students Against the Coup (SAC).

There has been no official confirmation regarding the number of injured or death. Until the time of printing, the Ministry of Health could not be reached for comment.

Security forces shot Fathy with a live bullet, SAC said.

“This is not something new,” Youssef Moslem, a SAC spokesperson said. “Not a month passes without a student getting killed at a protest, and this does not only happen in Cairo it often happens in Egypt’s outer regions as well.”

According to various rights organisations, security forces have killed at least 20 students inside Cairo, Al-Azhar, Ain Shams and Alexandria universities in 2014.

Security forces also arrested reporter Mohamed Abu-Elella as he was photographing protests in Cairo’s Matariya, according to watchdog Journalists Against Torture.

Abu-Elella was a freelance reporter and thus did not have a press card, according to another group, the “United Journalists Center”.

The charges raised against Abu-Elella include photographing security forces and police cars without licence.

The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) have previously released statements condemning Egyptian authorities’ targeting of journalists.

Last month, security forces shot dead student Mohamed Hamed, as he was taking part in an anti-government protest in the 10th of Ramadan City.

“Since the start of the military coup until now, students are constantly getting killed and this is the main reason that we have not stopped our protest actions,” Moslem said.

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