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Brotherhood urges Al Azhar Shaikh to take ‘firm decisions’
- By Ramadan Al Sherbini Correspondent
- Published: 17:08 April 2, 2013
Cairo: At least 540 students at Egypt’s religious Al Azhar University had suffered food poisoning, reported the health Ministry on Tuesday.
The poisoning was blamed on unhealthy meals that students had eaten at their dormitory in Cairo. The cases angered the university’s students, who on Tuesday held a mass protest and blocked the traffic outside the headquarters of the institution in the suburban Cairo area of Nasr City.
State television reported that President Mohammad Mursi had visited some sick students at a Cairo hospital.
Below, Al Azaar students storming the building
Over 500 Egyptian students of Al-Azhar University, a leading centre of Islamic learning, have been admitted to a hospital here with food poisoning, sparking widespread protests.
Hundreds of angry students gathered today to protest deteriorating conditions at the university’s hostels and negligence by management after the health ministry said 540 students from Al-Azhar had been hospitalised.
Student union member Abdullah Abdel-Moteleb told Al-Ahram newspaper that meals served at the hostel yesterday were of noticeably poorer quality than usual.
“By around 6pm, dozens were suffering the effects of food poisoning and were taken to hospital,” he said.