Egypt

Al-Azhar University students protest food poisoning

Hundreds of Al-Azhar University students staged protests and blocked the road outside the premises in Nasser City Monday after dozens of their colleagues suffered food poisoning in the dormitories.

The protesting students demanded that the administration launch investigations into the poor quality of the food they are served.

There were traffic jams in the streets surrounding the campus, with quarrels erupting between the students and drivers who demanded that the roads be re-opened.

Mohamed Sultan of the ambulance service said that 105 students suffered from diarrhea and vomiting, and were taken to the Ain ​​Sham University Institute of Toxicology.

Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb decided on Monday to form a committee to investigate the case and requested the hospital provide all amenities required for the treatment of the injured.

Al-Tayyed also called for bringing those responsible for the incident to account and asked the president of the university to review the food system of the dormitories.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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