US student dies in Egypt clashes

US student dies in Egypt clashes
Published:  2 Jul at 9 AM
A US student on a summer internship in northern Egypt lost his life on Friday when a demonstration turned violent. Andrew Pochter, 21, was on a summer programme in the city of Alexandria with US non-profit organisation Amideast.

Pochter, who came from the town of Chevy Chase in Maryland, was on an Amideast programme that offers English tuition to youngsters. He was due to begin his junior year at Ohio’s Kenyon College after the internship.

A Kenyon spokesperson said that Mr Pochter had not notified staff that he was going to Egypt. The spokesperson added that as he was not looking for credits for the internship he was not required to do so.

A statement issued by the college stated that Mr Pochter was no stranger to the Middle East and had spent a gap year in Morocco before starting a degree course in religious studies. The statement also said he had submitted forms to do an Amideast internship in Jordan next spring.

Over the weekend, Amideast released its own statement saying that it was keeping a close watch on what was happening in Egypt. The statement continued by saying that appropriate measures would be taken to safeguard the welfare of students and staff members in the country if the situation worsened.

Other US students in Egypt told reporters the death of Mr Pochter would not impact on their plans to remain in the country. One student interviewed by telephone from Cairo said that not all of the demonstrations turned violent.