UPDATE 1-Curfew imposed after clashes in southern Tunisia

Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:55pm GMT

(Adds curfew imposed, para 2)

* Soldiers fire in the air to stop fighting

* Gafsa resident says five people wounded

* Prime minister says confident Arab uprisings will succeed

By Tarek Amara

TUNIS, July 13 (Reuters) - Tunisian soldiers fired in the air to break up clashes between hundreds of young people in the southern town of Gafsa on Wednesday, residents and local media said.

Authorities later imposed a night curfew on the town, Tunisian national radio reported.

"Clashes broke out in Souk Fajr and Hay Nour. Security forces fired tear gas during clashes between hundreds of youths who used knives and swords," Karim Ben Saleh, a local resident, told Reuters by telephone.

"There are no deaths. There are only five people wounded."   Continued...

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