Last Updated: Sun Jun 10, 2012 16:44 pm (KSA) 13:44 pm (GMT)

Egypt village land row sparks fight, 12 dead: sources

Analysts say a breakdown of law and order since Hosni Mubarak was ousted as Egyptian president last year has contributed to major flare-ups since then. (File photo)
Analysts say a breakdown of law and order since Hosni Mubarak was ousted as Egyptian president last year has contributed to major flare-ups since then. (File photo)

Up to 12 people were killed in a gunfight between members of two tribes from a southern Egyptian village sparked by a long-running row over land ownership, security sources said on Sunday.

The fighting erupted on Saturday evening over which of the two tribes owned a piece of agricultural land near al-Hikma village in Egypt’s southern Aswan province, the sources said. Security forces imposed a curfew on the village, the sources added.

The official said the battle in the southern Aswan province, in which automatic weapons were used, left three wounded. The gunfight erupted as a dispute over land, he said.

Police and soldiers moved in with armored vehicles to end the fighting, he said.

Many people own weapons in rural Egypt. Violent clashes have erupted in the past, but analysts say a breakdown of law and order since Hosni Mubarak was ousted last year has contributed to such flare-ups since then.

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