Algiers - More than 100 civilians were injured in clashes in the Algerian capital during Friday's mass protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term in office, medical sources said.
Some were wounded by stones and rubber bullets while others suffered from suffocation as a result of tear gas fired by security forces, the sources at Mustapha Pacha hospital in Algiers said on Saturday.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Algiers for the third Friday running to demonstrate against Bouteflika's re-election bid. Large protests were also held in the provinces of Batna, Bouira, Skikda and M'Sila.
The Museum of Antiquities in Algiers was stormed on Friday by a group of protesters. Algerian state television said a fire broke out inside the building and some of its artefacts were stolen.
Some 195 people were detained by security forces, according to the Directorate of National Security, which added that 112 police officers were injured during the protests.