CAIRO — When Amru Salahuddien stepped onto the Cairo University campus on April 14, student supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi had begun marching toward the main gate. Riot police were stationed outside, and troops and armored vehicles flanked the other gates.
Police fired tear gas at the main gate, said Salahuddien, a photojournalist for the Chinese news agency Xinhua. Then he heard the firing of automatic rifles. Most of the students ran, he said, scattering across the campus. But some remained near the main gate, ducking behind palm trees and thick concrete columns, throwing back hot tear gas canisters. A female student was shot in the leg and fell, he told Al-Monitor.