Egyptian security forces fire tear gas to disperse supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi as they protest at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. Armored vehicles closed main squares and city centers in Cairo and other major cities after Morsi's group, the Muslim Brotherhood, and its allies announced now protests in defiance of the interim government's latest move labeling the group as a terrorist organization. (AP Photo/Mohamed Hassan)The Associated Press
CAIRO – Egyptian officials say police moved in to disperse students who were protesting inside an Islamic university in Cairo, disrupting end of term of exams. One student was killed and a campus building was set on fire in the violence.
Aya Fathy, a student spokeswoman, disputed the officials claim. She says police first opened fire at the students who were on strike and protesting outside the Faculty of Commerce Saturday, killing Khaled el-Haddad, a student.
The officials confirmed el-Haddad was killed but blamed the students for the violence. They spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.
The al-Azhar students have been protesting for weeks against the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood — a group that authorities on Wednesday designated a terrorist organization.