New round of Arab-Berber clashes in Algeria's south leave 35 wounded
Many Algerians have also taken to the streets in recent weeks to protest President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fourth term in the country's upcoming elections (Farouk Batiche/AFP)
Renewed clashes between Algeria's Arabs and Berbers in the country's south left at least 35 people wounded Monday, according to Agence France Presse.
Medical sources reported that out of the 35 wounded in the southern town of Ghardaia, 17 were police authorities.
Tensions between the two groups began to rise last December after a historic Berber shrine was destroyed, and many homes and shops have also been damaged in the town that is considered a UNESCO world heritage site.
More than 10,000 police authorities have been deployed to the town in an effort to ensure order, but daily life has largely been interrupted, with even schools closing their doors at the end of the students' spring break, according to witnesses in the town.
According to one "prominent" Mozabite Mohamed Tounsi, the situation in Ghardaia has become "unmanageable" with "each community keeping to its own."