Sierra Leone Residents Clash with Police over Response
FREETOWN/MONROVIA (Reuters) – Sierra Leone security forces on Tuesday clashed with angry residents of a densely populated neighbourhood in the capital Freetown who were protesting delays in removing the corpse of a suspected Ebola victim, witnesses said.
Security forces fired tear gas and rounds from AK-47 assault rifles to disperse the crowd that had barricaded the street in the Aberdeen neighbourhood in protest, residents and video footage from Reuters television showed.
Sierra Leone alongside Liberia and Guinea are the worst-hit countries by the Ebola epidemic that has killed 4,447 people from 8,914 cases since March. It has spread to Nigeria and Senegal. One case has been reported in Spain and another in the United States.
The World Health Organization warned on Tuesday that the viral haemorrhagic fever was still spreading in the three hardest-hit countries and new cases could reach between 5,000 and 10,000 new cases a week by December.