By Ahmed Elumami.
Tripoli, 17 September 2013:
Derna University has been told by members of the local Abusleem Martyrs’ Brigade that it must . . .[restrict]separate male and female students, if they are to provide security at the campus.
They have been asked to provide protection after the university was attacked by a gang.
As a very minimum, members of the brigade have said that males and females in open areas must be kept apart.
It had been reported on Facebook that “a group of extremists stormed the University of Derna and destroyed and burnt the classrooms in protest at the mixing between girls and boys”.
This has been partially denied by the deputy leader of Derna Local Council, Omar Abu Khatwa. “What has been said on Facebook was totally incorrect because the university was stormed by criminals who had vandalised the classrooms”, he told the Libya Herald. They were not “extremists” and they had not demanded segregation.
It was true, he said, that the Abusleem Brigade members had demanded segregation but he praised them, saying that it was part of Islamic law.
He added that the university had started discussing how to implement the demand.