Official: Prison fire kills 42 in Tunisia
Demonstrators fill the street outside a government building Friday in Tunis, Tunisia.
January 15th, 2011
09:13 AM ET

Official: Prison fire kills 42 in Tunisia

At least 42 detainees died in a fire at the Monastir prison in Tunisia on Saturday, a hospital official told CNN.

The country is undergoing a popular uprising that led President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to give up his powers and flee the country.

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  1. kim

    Thing are so ridiclas in these poor countries. There so ignorant there goverments and the so called leaders are crooked or cowards. Its terrible there more concern about draining there country resources then rebuilding.

    January 15, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Lady

      JUST one important information to everyone: Tunisia has always been compared to European countries, they are similar countries, it has been one of the most economically and socially stable countries worldwide, so PLZ IT S NOT A POOR COUNTRY!!! YES THERE POOR PEOPLE BUT DO NOT GENERALIZE PLZ NOT EVERYONE IS POOR there are poor people like in every country in the world!!!!!! The only factor that disturbed the country is the corruption that was caused by the ex PRESIDENT INLAWS....
      Birds of a feather flock together, freakin saudi king welcomed the tunisian president, since both of them are dictators, and the saudi arabia does t have any intention to support the country tunisia, because tunisia's purpose was to get rid of the dictator. He was rejected by most of the countries worldwide except the ignorant king, you better take care of your kingdom, and try to improve the life, and make equality between man and women, women are seen like animals in there... such an underdeveloped autocratic country.
      PLUS, Tunisian people deserves the biggest respect to what he just accomplished, they fired themselves a dictator that has been holding the country for 23 years, the last time a similar situation occurred was 200 years ago in France, other wise, It s a big exceptional event that deserves admiration. All the world applauds the country and its people, such a strong willing... GOOD JOB TUNISIANS, role models.

      January 15, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Lady

      @ KIm How dare you comment on such a relevant topic while you don t even know how write in ENGLISH!! LOL SHAME
      and you are calling TUNISIANS IGNORANT HAHA!! I myself speak 6 languages, and the average of tunisians youth speak 5 languages, the adults speak 4 languages!! and i won t even want to knw how many languages you speak haha

      January 15, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • ZizouZeGreat

      Amazing – at least 10 spelling and grammatical mistakes in a 34-word paragraph!
      Yeah, I agree, THEY're ignorants 🙂
      I know that in Tunisia, like in Lebanon, most youth (and most people) speak at least 3 languages (Arabic, French, and English).

      January 15, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Lady

      @zizou, you really care abt spelling mistakes, lool i wrote this message in a hurry, and i remind you english is my 4th language, i would like to see you how you would be able to communicate of you could speak a 4th language LOOOL
      ignorant yourself, and we speak more than 3 languages ( Italian, german and Spanish) are spoken in here....
      for sure you got my message 😉

      January 15, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Seamus

      I'm sorry, who's ignorant?

      January 15, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • AmericanInTunis

      @Kim @everymisinformed person why don't you just get your facts straight. When you end up in trouble Kim and all you insensitive people on there, you will get yours.

      January 15, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kim

    Thing are so ridiculas in these poor countries. There so ignorant there goverments and the so called leaders are crooked or cowards. Its terrible there more concern about draining there country resources then rebuilding.

    January 15, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. PartisanSheep

    Why doesn't the US do something about this!?

    January 15, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Don't be an idiot we already meddle in enough peoples business. We have our own corrupt government and media here.

      January 15, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. negative creep

    @kim. You need to learn your grammer. "There" and "their" have two totally different meanings.

    January 15, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. negative creep

    oh i forgot "they're" also

    January 15, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Mohamad

      Yes, how about learning "grammar" (with "ar" instead of "er")? 🙂

      January 15, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tom

    That sure is a way to save money.

    January 15, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jason

    @negative creep. Why should the US do anything? Aren't we already "fixing" enough of other countries problems?

    January 15, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bouncer

    You're all dumb. Stop talking!

    January 15, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sharif

    yes, Tunisia is a poor country who ever is arguing otherwise is simply ignorance.

    January 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bambam

    Fire in a prison how is that possible for masonry and steele to burn

    January 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ney

    It's amazing to me how much this topic caused all this drama! Spelling issues!! Wow! Can we just all get along! Love..

    January 15, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ney

    US needs to mind their business and attend to their own..always puttin 2 cents where it dont need to be..always giving the enemy hints on their next move! Please give me a break..look for those who look out for you!

    January 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. hater

    That's what the blog is for. To lash out at others

    January 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. hater

    @nay (US needs to mind their own business)who are you and why are you on a US site. Mind ur on you embasul

    January 15, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bambam

    Yeah (ney) why

    January 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
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