Tunis, Feb 02 (Agencies): The new interim Tunisian government reviewed the country’s tense security situation as the United Nations said that 210 people died in the revolt that ousted Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

It was the first meeting of Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi's government since it was reshuffled on January 27.

A government source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the meeting was focusing on security developments around the country, including disturbances in the central town of Kasserine, where public buildings were ransacked and looted on Monday.

The source said a lifting of the dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed January 13 appeared premature as "the situation is not yet stabilized".

Hundreds of people rallied in Kasserine to press authorities to end the wave of violence and punish hooligans who looted public buildings on Monday, residents said.

Several officials of the powerful General Union of Tunisian Workers (UGTT) said the violence was instigated by members of Ben Ali's former RCD ruling party. There was not independent confirmation of the allegation.

The officials condemned what they see as a destabilisation campaign by the transitional administration set up after Ben Ali's fall on January 14.

Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia after weeks of violent protests against his 23-year autocratic rule.
Meanwhile, arsonists set fire to a synagogue in the southern Gabes region, a leader of the local Jewish community said on Tuesday.