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URGENT ¥¥¥ Thousands at funeral of Tunisian opposition leader: AFP


Thousands of people gathered Friday morning in a suburb of Tunis to take part in the funeral of murdered opposition leader Chokri Belaid, due to take place early afternoon, AFP journalists reported.

The growing crowd of around 3,000 gathered outside a public building in the Djebel Jelloud district, where Belaid's coffin lay covered in flowers.

The funeral procession is due to make its way to the nearby cemetery of El-Jellaz where Belaid is to be buried.