Calm returns to Tunisia town after tribal violence

On Thursday, Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki declared a state of emergency in Douz following increasingly fierce clashes between two rival tribes over the ownership of an oil exploration field in the town.

Calm returns to Tunisia town after tribal violence

World Bulletin / News Desk

Calm reigned in Tunisia's southwestern Douz town on Friday following a week of tribal clashes, the town governor said.

"Roads have been reopened and sit-ins staged by the two rival clans have been dispersed," governor Omar al-Thabet told Anadolu Agency.

On Thursday, Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki declared a state of emergency in Douz following increasingly fierce clashes between two rival tribes over the ownership of an oil exploration field in the town.

Over the past two days, Tunisian security forces have fired gunshots into the air as well as teargas to disperse the fighting clans.

Some 50 tribesmen have been injured in the violence, according to medical sources.

An indefinite 9pm-6am curfew was imposed in Douz by provincial authorities in line with the state of emergency.

"The two tribes signed an agreement to assign a committee to decide on the rights to each party to ownership of the disputed land," al-Thabet said.

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