Student ‘slapped 12 times’ for eating during class in Egypt’s Luxor

Egyptian school children can be seen in this file photo. (Reuters)
Updated 17 February 2018
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Student ‘slapped 12 times’ for eating during class in Egypt’s Luxor

LUXOR: A student at a school in Egypt’s governorate of Luxor was “slapped 12 times” by his teacher for allegedly eating his sandwich during class, a local news report said.
The student’s father is accusing a teacher at an elementary school of beating his son and slapping him 12 times on the face for eating during class time, a report by Masrawy said.
The assault reputedly led to facial bruises and bleeding from the student’s mouth as a result of him being pushed against the wall, the father was quoted as saying.
An official at the education directory in the governorate of Luxor said Saturday that investigations have been launched into the incident, adding that the medical report on the child’s case was also filed.


Several killed in blast in northwest Syria

Updated 24 April 2019
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Several killed in blast in northwest Syria

  • It was not clear if the cause of the blast near the market in the town of Jisr Al-Shughur was a car bomb, or a vehicle carrying explosives
  • All except one were civillians

BEIRUT: Fifteen people, all but two civilians, were killed in an explosion in the jihadist-held region of Idlib in northwest Syria on Wednesday, a war monitor said.
The cause of the blast in the town of Jisr Al-Shughur was not immediately clear, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
“The explosion hit next to the market,” killing 13 civilians, including the daughter of a foreign fighter, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.
“It is not known until now whether it was a car bomb, or the explosion of a car carrying explosives,” he added.
The Idlib region is under administrative control of Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate.
But the Turkestan Islamic Party, a group of foreign jihadists from the ethnic Uighur Muslim minority, also has a large presence in Jisr Al-Shughur.
The Islamic State jihadist group has sleeper cells in the wider Idlib region.
Idlib has since September been protected from a massive regime offensive by a fragile cease-fire deal signed by Damascus ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey.
But the region of some three million people has come under increasing bombardment since HTS took full control of it in January.
On Tuesday, regime shelling killed seven civilians, including four children, in the town of Khan Sheikhun.
Increased regime shelling on Khan Sheikhun has sparked one of the largest waves of displacement since the September deal.
Syria’s war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since the conflict began with the repression of anti-government protests in 2011.