Tunisia arrests 632 people, army deployed amid violent protests Jan 19, 2021 0 313 12345 dpa TunisTunisian security forces have arrested 632 people during riots that have gripped the North African country for several days, the Interior Ministry said.Demonstrators took to the streets of the capital Tunis and other cities on Sunday evening. The protests turned violent as clashes erupted between the crowds and police forces.“Security forces faced groups of youths and minors, which often consisted of 20 to 30 people. The level of violence was high,” ministry spokesman Khaled Hayouni said.He refused to describe them as protests, saying they consisted of “criminal acts and looting.” Security personnel were seriously injured, he said.Demonstrators have defied a four-day lockdown and curfew, imposed since Thursday to slow the spread of coronavirus, and have taken to the streets every night since Friday protesting economic hardship.The protests spread after a video was posted online last week showing a police officer assaulting a shepherd.Violence on Sunday evening prompted the Defence Ministry to deploy its army forces in the cities of Sousse, Bizert, Kasserine and Siliana to support police forces and protect state facilities, a ministry spokesman said.In the capital Tunis, police forces used tear gas to disperse protesters, eyewitnesses said. Videos shared on social media showed protesters blocking roads and setting tires on fire while security forces tried to chase and disperse the demonstrators.The protests come as Tunisia marks 10 years after the uprising that toppled long-time dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Since then, the country experienced an economic slowdown due to public unrest and ensuing attacks by militant insurgents.The coronavirus pandemic worsened Tunisia’s ailing economy. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES India officials deny claims hospital staff died from vaccine Jan 19, 2021 0 412 Indonesia quake death toll rises to 84 Jan 19, 2021 0 273 At least 83 killed during clashes in Sudan’s western Darfur region Jan 19, 2021 0 326 Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza in response to rockets Tel Aviv/Gaza City: Israeli fighter jets struck military targets belonging to the radical Islamist Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip on Monday morning, in response to two rockets fired out of the enclave, the army said in a .. 10 Afghanistan soldiers killed in Taliban attack dpa Kabul Ten members of the Afghan army were killed in a Taliban attack in the country’s northern Baghlan province, officials said on Monday. The militants attacked a military base on the Baghlan-Samangan highway .. Afghanistan launches first polio vaccination drive of 2021 Kabul: Afghanistan launched a nationwide campaign on Monday to give polio vaccination does to 9.9 million children under the age of five, the Public Health Ministry announced. Around 65,000 health workers are assigned .. China willing to share new moon samples ... after laying down rules Beijing: The first rocks brought back to Earth from the moon in decades will be shared with researchers in other countries, provided diplomats can abide by China’s rules for the process of lending and returning the .. Stranded Indian sailors leave China coast after 7 months dpa New Delhi A group of Indian sailors stranded off the Chinese coast for seven months, caught up in a trade dispute between China and Australia, have been allowed to leave for Japan, union officials said on Monday. The ..