Special Report - 01/17/11
Tunisian army fights running street battles with gunmen loyal to the ousted president

By Adrian Blomfield, in Tunis

Tunisia's army used helicopter gunships to battle back attacks by gunmen loyal to the ousted president as divided factions of the regime engaged in fierce clashes on the streets of Tunis.

Gun battles at the Presidential Palace, Central Bank and Interior Ministry grew steadily more widespread during Sunday overshadowing efforts to bring the opposition into a government of national unity.

Two days after Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was forced to flee the Arab world's first popular uprising in 50 years, the army's efforts to restore order in the capital city appeared to be floundering.
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