Several injured in Tunisia unrest

2011-07-14 07:53

Tunis - A Tunisian mining town has been the scene of unrest between two rival groups, leaving about 10 people injured.

Witnesses said on Wednesday that residents of the central-western town of Gafsa faced each other off with homemade firebombs and clubs during hours of unrest the night before.

Security forces intervened to separate the two sides, firing warning shots and lobbing tear gas.

The Interior Ministry said the atmosphere degenerated during a dispute between two members of two neighbourhoods during a local meeting. Residents said at least 10 people were injured.

Gafsa, 350km from Tunis, has been the scene of unrest on several occasions since an uprising that forced strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from power on January 14, triggering uprisings elsewhere.