Gunbattles break out in Tunisia as numberous militia members leaving the forest to barricaded enclaves in cities
A gunbattle broke out around the presidential palace in late afternoon in Carthage on the Mediterranean shore, about 15 kilometers (10 miles) north of Tunis. The army and members of the newly appointed presidential guard fought off attacks from militias loyal to Ben Ali, said a member of the new presidential guard. Helicopters were surveying the zone.
The militias emerged from a forest near the Carthage Cathedral to charge, the guard member said by telephone. He told The Associated Press the militia are "numerous" and are using various kinds of arms but gave no further details. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to be publicly named.
Carthage residents said they have barricaded themselves inside their homes amid the shooting. Helicopters were surveying the zone.