It is yet another striking symbol of the downfall of the Ben Ali dynasty.
A luxury home reportedly owned by the family of the ousted Tunisian leader now stands in ruins. The property in the coastal town of Hammamet was set on fire amid the chaos consuming the country.
Security forces are struggling to deal with the lawlessness that has erupted since President Ben Ali fled amid a people’s power revolution. Looting has been widespread.
Shortages of food are starting to be felt in the capital Tunis and those who can are stocking up.
“There is no flour, no bread and no water,” said one man. “All the stores are closed, only a few are left open. The situation is very difficult. God help us.”
A presidential election is set to be held within 60 days. Until then, Tunisia’s new leadership has moved to form a coalition government in a bid to gain the upper hand amid the spiralling unrest.