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Egypt tribal fighting kills 23: health ministry

At least 23 people have been killed in tribal clashes in Egypt's southern Aswan province, officials said on Saturday. Long-standing tensions between Bani Hilal tribesmen and the Nubian Dabudiya family erupted after a woman was accosted on Thursday, the interior ministry said. Tribal vendettas are common in Egypt's poor, rural south, but police called the outbreak of violence the worst in recent memory.

Egypt tribal fighting kills 23: health ministry

Police have sent reinforcements to Egypt's southern province of Aswan after at least 23 people were killed in tribal clashes there, officials said on Saturday. Long-standing tensions between Bani Hilal tribesmen and the Nubian Dabudiya family erupted after a woman was accosted on Thursday, the interior ministry said. Tribal vendettas are common in Egypt's poor, rural south, but police called the outbreak of violence the worst in recent memory.

Egypt tribal fighting over woman kills 23: health ministry

At least 23 people have been killed in tribal clashes in Egypt's southern Aswan province after a man from one group sexually accosted a woman from another, officials said Saturday. Tribal vendettas are common in the poor, rural south, but the violence that first erupted on Friday is the worst in recent memory, police said. Longstanding tensions between Bani Hilal tribesmen and the Nubian Dabudiya family emerged after the woman was accosted on Thursday, the interior ministry said.

18 killed in Egypt clan fighting

At least 18 people were killed in tribal clashes in Egypt on Saturday, security officials said, prompting police to send reinforcements to quell the unrest. The fighting between the Bani Hilal tribesmen and Nubian villagers in the southern province of Aswan was ongoing and the death toll was expected to rise, the officials said. On Thursday, the rival sides attended a reconciliation meeting aimed at ending long-standing disputes, but an argument broke out and became a firefight that killed three tribesmen, the security officials said.

23 killed in family feud in southern Egypt: officials

CAIRO (Reuters) - At least 23 people were killed in clashes between rival families in the southern Egyptian city of Aswan, health and security officials said on Saturday. The violence erupted late Friday after students from the feuding families had scrawled insulting graffiti on the walls of a school, security sources said. One family is from the Nubian ethnic group and the other from the Arab Beni Helal clan, the sources said.

15 killed in Egypt clan fighting

At least 15 people were killed in tribal clashes in Egypt on Saturday, security officials said, prompting police to send reinforcements to quell the unrest. The fighting between the Bani Hilal tribesmen and Nubian villagers in the southern province of Aswan was ongoing and the death toll is expected to rise, the officials said. On Thursday, the rival sides attended a reconciliation meeting aimed at ending long-standing disputes, but an argument broke out and became a firefight that killed three tribesmen, the security officials said.

U.S. finalizing plan to boost support for Syrian rebels: sources

By Mark Hosenball and Missy Ryan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is finalizing a plan to increase training and small-arms shipments for Syrian rebels, two U.S. security sources said on Friday, as Syrian government troops gain momentum following the collapse of U.S.-backed peace talks. The United States would increase assistance and send the shipments to moderate rebel factions mostly based in Jordan, along Syria's southern border, the officials familiar with the plan told Reuters.

U.S. finalizing plan to boost support for Syrian rebels: sources

By Mark Hosenball and Missy Ryan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is finalizing a plan to increase training and small-arms shipments for Syrian rebels, two U.S. security sources said on Friday, as Syrian government troops gain momentum following the collapse of U.S.-backed peace talks. The United States would increase assistance and send the shipments to moderate rebel factions mostly based in Jordan, along Syria's southern border, the officials familiar with the plan told Reuters.

Egypt deports man lobbying against mass death sentences

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian authorities deported a rights campaigner hours after he flew in to deliver a petition against death sentences imposed on 529 supporters of deposed president Mohamed Mursi, the man and security officials said on Friday. Wissam Tarif, a Lebanese citizen from international group Avaaz, was hoping to hand over the appeal at a meeting with the grand mufti, Egypt's top religious authority who reviews all death sentences.

West, Middle East powers warn against Syria election

Eleven Western and Middle Eastern powers on Thursday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against holding elections, saying that the vote would have no credibility amid the country's brutal civil war. In a joint statement, the 11 core members of so-called Friends of Syria urged Assad instead to embrace a plan outlined in Geneva talks that includes a transitional government as a way out of the three-year war.
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