CAIRO:

Arab Times - - FRONT PAGE -

Egyp­tian po­lice on Sun­day fired tear gas to dis­perse a rock-pelt­ing crowd of res­i­dents de­fend­ing their homes on a Nile River is­land against bull­doz­ers sent by the gov­ern­ment to de­mol­ish their il­le­gally-built dwellings. The clashes left one per­son dead and 50 oth­ers in­jured.

The vi­o­lence on the is­land of elWaraq on the south­ern fringes of Cairo is likely to stain a na­tion­wide cam­paign

launched this sum­mer by Ab­delFat­tah el-Sissi, Egypt’s gen­eral-turned-pres­i­dent, to re­store gov­ern­ment con­trol over sta­te­owned land.

El-Sisi has vowed in tele­vised com­ments to show no le­nience to any­one tak­ing il­le­gal ad­van­tage of state-owned prop­erty, say­ing the law would pre­vail re­gard­less of how pow­er­ful or wealthy the of­fend­ers were. Any­one us­ing land that does not right­fully be­long to them, he an­grily said, is a “com­mon thief.” (AP)

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