Conflict & Justice

Tunisia clashes injure more than 150

More than 150 people have been injured in a second day of clashes in the Tunisian town of Siliana.

Security forces have been using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse Tunisians protesting unemployment and demanding jobs, according to BBC News. There are also reports of people being treated for shotgun injuries at the local hospital.

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A doctor at Siliana's hospital said the 150 people were being treated for various types of injuries, and four had been transferred to Tunis, reported Agence France-Presse. The emergency services in Siliana, about 75 miles south of Tunis, were overwhelmed, with relatives of victims gathering to vent their anger.

"We will burn the town!" shouted a man whose son was among those injured, according to an AFP reporter at the scene.

The clashes began on Tuesday, when thousands of people rallied in Siliana, located on the edge of the Sahara desert and part of Tunisia's economically poor interior, to demand the resignation of local officials, noted Reuters. The World Bank on Tuesday approved a $500 million loan to Tunisia in order to help it recover from a previous uprising that toppled its then-regime. Another $700 million loan is also coming from other donors.