Violence-hit Tunisia town sees big protest

Updated 30 November 2012
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Violence-hit Tunisia town sees big protest

SILIANA, Tunisia: Thousands of people protested for a fourth straight day yesterday in the central town of Siliana demanding the governor quit, as political instability mounts in Tunisia two years after a revolution.
Tunisia’s main trade union UGTT called for a symbolic march a few km toward Tunis which drew a crowd of several thousand, who took part on foot, in cars and on motorcycles.
As they advanced they chanted, “With our souls and our blood we sacrifice for Siliana.”
Protesters from the impoverished town, 120 km southwest of Tunis, told AFP they would continue their agitation until governor Ahmed Ezzine Mahjoubi steps down, police repression ends and a development program for the region is put in place.
More than 300 people have been wounded since Tuesday when the protesters first took to the streets of Siliana, sparking clashes with police.
The streets of the town were yesterday littered with stones, charred remains of barricades made from burnt tires, while residents also set up road blocks on the highway leading to Tunis, according to AFP reporters.
“We will undertake a symbolic march to show the determination of the people against marginalization,” UGTT secretary general Nejib Sebti told AFP as he urged the crowd to march “quietly and peacefully.”


Gazan dies of wounds from Israel border clash: ministry

Updated 24 June 2018
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Gazan dies of wounds from Israel border clash: ministry

  • A Palestinian man shot by Israeli forces two days ago during clashes on the Gaza border died of his wounds early Sunday
  • At least 134 Palestinians have been killed in clashes since mass protests broke out along the Gaza border on March 30

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: A Palestinian man shot by Israeli forces two days ago during clashes on the Gaza border died of his wounds early Sunday, the health ministry in the Hamas-ruled territory said.
“Osama Khalil Abu Khater, 29-years-old, died of wounds to his stomach after being shot by the Israeli enemy east of Khan Yunis the day before yesterday,” ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra said.
Palestinian sources said he was shot during a border clash.
At least 134 Palestinians have been killed in clashes since mass protests broke out along the Gaza border on March 30.
No Israelis have been killed.
The protests peaked on May 14 when at least 62 Palestinians were killed as thousands approached the heavily guarded border fence on the same day the United States moved its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Israel says its use of live fire is necessary to defend its borders and stop infiltrations. It accuses Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas of seeking to use the protests as cover for attacks.