Mutah University suspends classes after fresh violence

[26-06-2013 02:15 PM]

Ammon News - AMMAN (Jordan Times)— Karak’s Mutah University suspended classes on Tuesday for one day following a new episode of campus violence.

The university’s president, Rida Khawaldeh, was quoted in a statement by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, as confirming the decision, saying that the board of trustees will meet on Wednesday morning to look into the frequent campus violence and will “take strict steps to eliminate the phenomenon”.

He gave no further details.

On April 2, classes were suspended for a week in the university, 130km south of Amman, after 21-year-old student Osama Duheisat died and several others were injured in clashes between students from different tribes.

Duheisat’s death led to riots in his hometown of Faqou in Karak.

In July 2012, seven students and a professor were injured in a brawl at Mutah University, prompting the university’s administration to suspend lectures and the dean of student affairs to submit his resignation.

Similar campus violence erupted in Maan at Al Hussein Bin Talal University in April, leaving four people dead of gunshot wounds and 25 injured after an armed fight between students broke out at the Maan-based university, also resulting in the suspension of classes.

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