14 homes burned down in central Algeria clashes

The authorities arrested 15 people in connection with the clashes that erupted between Arabs and Berbers in the central city.

14 homes burned down in central Algeria clashes

World Bulletin/News Desk

Fourteen houses were burned down during sectarian clashes that erupted in the central Algerian city of Ghardia on Friday, local sources have said.

They added on Sunday that the authorities also arrested 15 people in connection with the clashes that erupted between Arabs and Berbers in the central city.

Ghardia city council member, Bohmeida Suliman, told The Anadolu Agency that the clashes carried on until late on Saturday.

A Ghardia police source, meanwhile, said that police arrested the 15 suspects as it tried to stop the clashes. He added that police also seized bladed weapons.

He said the clashes had erupted between youths on both sides for unknown reasons.

Some of the families of downtown Ghardia had been displaced because of the clashes, Tawfiq Hammadi, a humanitarian relief activist told AA.

"Police had failed to keep the lid on the violence," Hammadi said, noting that the clashes had erupted in narrow alleyways, which made it difficult for police to efficiently intervene.

Algerian authorities and the country's political parties had tried to broker a cessation of violence. Nevertheless, these clashes kept renewing every now and then.

 

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