One dead in Tunisia clashes

Published July 18th, 2011 - 12:19 GMT

A 14-year-old boy died overnight when Tunisian police broke up a demonstration in Sidi Bouzid, the birthplace of Tunisia's revolution, state media reported on Monday. Two other people were injured during the violence in central Tunisia, the official TAP news agency quoted local police chief Samir Al Meliti as saying.

According to him, police opened fire in response to molotov cocktails hurled by demonstrators.

The clashes began late Sunday and lasted until 3:00 am, TAP reported. A total of nine people were detained. Demonstrators were calling for the downfall of the Tunisian interim prime minister.

The victm, who was identified as Thabet Belkacem, was already dead upon arrival at hospital in the central city of Sfax, a medical source in Sidi Bouzid told AFP. One of the two people wounded in the overnight violence is in serious condition, the medic said.

Other reports said riots erupted in several cities in the governorates of Sfax, Kairouan, Sousse and Le Kef. The government said there were "serious attempts to target the headquarters of administrative and security headquarters as well as private and public properties." 


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