Tunisia troops open fire to stop fight

2011-09-02 22:39

kalahari.com

Tunis - A young woman was killed and several people were wounded in Tunisia overnight when soldiers opened fire to break up street fighting that involved hundreds of people in a provincial town, residents and officials said on Friday.

Crowds angered by the bloodshed then set fire to a police station, buses and a hospital in Sbeitla, 200km southwest of Tunis, local people said.

The reasons for the initial clashes were unclear, though some residents blamed supporters of deposed president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali for trying to destablise the country ahead of elections to a constitutional assembly in late October.

The accusation has been a common one to explain a rise in violent incidents in the once heavily policed country since Ben Ali fled in January. He was overthrown by an uprising that began in Sidi Bouzid, a city 40km from Sbeitla.

"The army tried to break up fights between people from the town and opened fire, killing a 16-year-old girl named Soussan Souidi," local man Adnan Hlali told Reuters by telephone.

"Many people were wounded, including two in a critical condition."

The interior ministry confirmed that the girl had died. It did not say that she had been hit by fire from the troops.

Another resident said the clashes in Sbeitla, a town of some 40 000 people, began on Thursday evening as people were concluding the three-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

The violence went on through the night. By Friday, more security forces had arrived and the situation was under control.

Read more on:    tunisia  |  north africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic & Train Alerts
Traffic
Goodwood 09:44 AM
Road name: N7 Vanguard Drive Southbound

DELAYS approaching Voortrekker Road

Big Bay 09:31 AM
Road name: Otto Du Plessis Drive

ROADWORKS - off-peak stop / go controls between Big Bay and Melkbosstrand

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Job: Linux Specialist, Global Development House, Northern Suburbs, R25k – R35k per month

Cape Town Southern Suburbs
Initiate International
R25 000 - R35 000 Per Month

Spa Therapist

George - Knysna
Alfa & Omega Networked Business Solutions (PTY)Ltd
R7 000 Per Month

PROJECT MANAGER

Cape Town
allaboutXpert
R400 - R450 Per Hour

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is the end of the month and there may be a strong focus on organising finances. You may have found a need to reconstruct or...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.