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Dozens injured in Algiers as police clear slums

Dozens injured in Algiers as police clear slums
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Violent clashes have broken out in Algiers, the Algerian capital, injuring around 40 protesters.

Eyewitnesses said about 150 people, mostly youths, confronted security forces in the poor Algiers neighbourhood of Oued Koreich after police attempted to clear out a run-down housing estate. Built around 50 years ago, the area has been earmarked for destruction.

Perhaps fearful of the recent riots that have hit Algeria and other Arab countries, police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. One young protester was reportedly hit in the eye.

The opposition continues to call for reform in Algeria, which is one of Europe’s biggest suppliers of natural gas. Unlike other countries in the region, however, the unrest in the north African state, appears, so far, to be localised rather than a mass nationwide protest.

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