• 04/29/11 - - More than 800 inmates escape from Tunisian prisons

    - - More than 800 inmates escape from Tunisian prisons

    Associated Press:

    Tunisia’s official news agency says that more than 800 inmates have escaped from two prisons after fires were set in some cells.

    TAP says that 522 inmates from the prison in Kasserine escaped after a fire in two cells. Also, Friday another 300 inmates escaped from the Gafsa prison.

    The two towns are both in Tunisia’s centre-west region, some 150 kilometres apart.

    Personnel at the prison in Gafsa were on strike at the time.

    Tunisia has been hit with social unrest since the country’s longtime autocratic ruler was ousted Jan. 14 in an uprising.

    Some 11,000 inmates escaped from Tunisian prisons during the unrest shortly after Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled into exile.



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