Police injured in clashes
Authorities say 49 policemen were injured when protesters clashed with security forces over the reopening of a trash dump on the island of Djerba. Interior Minister spokesman Khaled Tarrouch said the demonstrators threw stones and firebombs at police and attacked a police station. They were dispersed with tear gas and two were injured. The clashes erupted when police tried to clear demonstrators blocking the entrance to the reopened garbage dump. The Mediterranean island of Djerba is Tunisia’s top tourist destination.
Drone downed in desert
Israel scrambled fighter jets to intercept a drone Saturday that crossed deep into Israeli airspace from the Mediterranean Sea, shooting the aircraft down over the country’s southern desert, the military said. The incident marked the first time in at least six years that a hostile aircraft has penetrated Israel’s airspace, and Israeli officials said they were taking the incident seriously, raising the possibility of retaliatory action. It was not immediately clear who launched the drone, but suspicion quickly fell on the Lebanese Islamic militant group Hezbollah. The Iranian-backed group is known to have sent drones into Israeli airspace on several previous occasions.
Crowds protest austerity
Several thousand people marched in downtown Madrid on Saturday to protest austerity measures they say will lead to cuts in cherished national health care and the privatization of public services. Many of the protesters were civil servants hit with a wage freeze next year. Spain is experiencing its second recession in three years, is burdened with an unemployment rate of nearly 25 percent and social unrest is on the rise. The number of people registered unemployed rose to 4.71 million in September as the tourism season ended and businesses let workers go. The government has pushed through nine straight months of tough austerity measures which have prompted Spain’s 17 regional governments, some of which are heavily indebted, to slash spending in health care and education.
Compiled from wire reports.