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Students of the University of Khartoum during clashes on 11 March 2014 (Dabanga). photo:

Following continued protests on campus by students across the country, the University of Khartoum has been closed down indefinitely.

This development arose due to serious that threatened stability of the university, its students and properties.

In a statement by the council of the deans of the faculties, the council condemned the “disgraceful” attacks by some students on a number of teachers and other employees including the former vice-chancellor Abdul Malik Mohamed Ibrahim and the head of the university guardsmen, in addition to storming the classrooms and the university gates.

The council decided in an emergency meeting the indefinite shut-down of all faculties, except for the faculties of medicine and agriculture which are located away from the central campus, as of Tuesday and vowed to take stern legal measures against the student involved in the incidents, Sudan News Agency reported late Tuesday.

It is to be noted that the university unrest has started three weeks ago when the students staged protests over reports the government plans to sell the buildings of the university that date back to 1902 for use as a tourist attraction.

 Two other universities, Ahlia University of Omdurman and Kordofan in west Sudan, have also witnessed students unrest where one student in each of them has been killed.