Tunisia clashes persist overnight despite curfew

Tunis, Tunisia–Sporadic shots rang out overnight outside Tunisia's capital, despite a state-ordered curfew amid clashes between police and stone-throwing youths angry about high unemployment.

Sounds of clashes and rounds from firearms echoed in some parts of Tunis' suburbs as youths defied the government's curfew order aimed at calming recent unrest.

France-Info radio reported Thursday that central Tunis was spared upheaval overnight and that life gradually returned to normal at daybreak.

A day earlier, the army deployed armored vehicles in the capital.

The demonstrations set off clashes with police as they spread around the country, leaving at least 23 dead and shattering Tunisia's image as an island of calm in volatile North Africa.

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