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Protesters and police clashed in Tunisia today in scenes reminiscent of the revolution that sparked uprisings across the region.
The violence followed the funeral of opposition figure Chokri Belaid, who was assassinated outside his home on Wednesday.
There have been reports that police and mourners clashed at the mass funeral of secular opposition leader Chokri Belaid, whose assassination has plunged Tunisia deeper into political crisis.
Braving chilly rain, at least 50,000 people turned out to honour Belaid in his home district of Jebel al-Jaloud in the capital, chanting anti-Islamist and anti-government slogans.
Violence reportedly erupted near the cemetery as police fired teargas at demonstrators who threw stones and set cars ablaze. Police also used teargas against protesters near the Interior Ministry, a frequent flashpoint for clashes in the Tunisian capital.
Tunisia is braced for further clashes today, with the capital shut down by a general strike and the army deployed ahead of the funeral of opposition leader, Chokri Belaid, which is expected to draw tens of thousands of mourners, and potentially many more.
Once the standard bearer in the region for its political consensus, Tunisia is embroiled in its worst crisis since the 2011 revolution that overthrew its long-ruling dictator and inspired the Arab Spring.
Egypt's national airline reportedly cancelled flights to Tunisia after staff at Tunis airport joined a general strike, airport sources said.
Officials at Cairo airport said EgyptAir had told them it cancelled two Friday flights. It was not immediately clear if other airlines were affected.
Tunisian protesters have attacked and ransacked a police station in the capital Tunis, Reuters reports.
There have been clashes in the city since Shokri Belaid, a Tunisian opposition party leader, died in hospital after being shot outside his home on Wednesday.
Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali announced he will form a technocratic government - a government of experts rather than established politicians.
"After the failure of negotiations between parties on a cabinet reshuffle, I decided to form a small technocrat government," Jebali said in a speech.
He said the ministers would not run for office, but fresh elections would be held as soon as possible.
The move comes amid mass unrest in the country after today's assassination of opposition figure Chokri Belaid.
A policeman has been killed in protests against the murder of Tunisian opposition figure Chokri Belaid, Reuters has quoted Tunisia's Interior Ministry as saying.
Tunisia's Prime Minister has said he will dissolve the government and form a national unity cabinet, Reuters have quoted official sources as saying.
The Foreign Office has responded to the assassination of Tunisian opposition figure Chokri Belaid, calling it "a cowardly and barbaric act":
Tunisia's main opposition group has called for a nationwide strike in protest at the assassination of anti-Islamist politician Chokri Belaid.
A spokesman for the Popular Front, a coalition of opposition groups of which Belaid was a member, called for a general strike to take place tomorrow.