That day, the university had organized an Open House to celebrate its anniversary. There were several activities planned, including concerts, poetry contests, art contests, etc. Things started getting out of control when a young student sought help from members of the al-Houaytet clan [a southern tribe]. This young man, who comes from another city, asked the tribe for protection. He was hiding from a group of young men from the city of Maan who accused him of hitting one of them. The al-Houaytet, known for being proud to a fault, of course refused to hand the young man over. It all went downhill from there.
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The shootout took place around 3 p.m. I wouldn’t be able to tell you exactly how it started. But both sides started throwing rocks, and then the first gunshots rang out. The fighting continued for over an hour before the police intervened. A student and one of my professors, Mahmoud al-Baouab, died after being hit by stray bullets.