Three people lost their lives while carrying out repairs on an age-old structure at a prestigious Unesco world heritage site in Tunisia.

A 30m section of the Old City of Kairouan’s wall collapsed while undergoing restoration, resulting in the death of three workers. Two more workers were injured during the incident.

The collapse occurred near the Gate of the Floggers, bringing down a 6m high section of the wall. According to the Civil Protection department, heavy rains in the area may have contributed to the accident.

Kairouan, founded in AD670, is a revered city in North Africa and a popular tourist destination. It has been recognized as a Unesco world heritage site since 1988.

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