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At least one killed in Egypt student protest

Protests resumed on campuses across Egypt

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At least one person was shot dead in Egypt on Wednesday in clashes between Egyptian police and student supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohammad Mursi as protests resumed on campuses across the country.

“Amr Aly Mohamed was killed by a gun shot during clashes between police and protesters,” said Ahmed Anwar, deputy head of the Ministry of Health for the city of Beni Suef, according to Reuters.

Egypt had been witnessing a wave of protests and violence since Mursi was ousted by the army last year.

And at Cairo University, police fired tear gas at almost 2,000 protesters who threw stones and launched fireworks, an AFP correspondent said.

Mursi was ousted by the military last July, and his supporters have staged near-daily rallies since then.

And student demonstrations crippled universities, delaying until this month a new semester that was to have begun in February.

A police crackdown on the Islamists has killed more than 1,400 people in clashes, and thousands, including much of the leadership of Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood movement, have been jailed.

Mursi himself faces three trials on various charges, including that of collusion with militant groups.

He was Egypt's first democratically elected and civilian president, but his single and turbulent year in power widely alienated many who held mass rallies calling for his resignation before the army stepped in.

[With AFP and Reuters]