At least 35 people, including 17 police, have been wounded in renewed clashes between Arabs and Berbers in the southern Algerian town of Ghardaia, a medical source told Agence France Presse on Monday.

The wounded were taken to hospital after the latest round of fighting broke out late Saturday, said Abdelbaki Bouhafs, a health official in the town, 600 kilometers (370 miles) south of Algiers, on the edge of the Sahara desert.

Seven people have been killed and more than 400 wounded since December, when fighting erupted between Berber residents, known as Mozabites, and Arab residents, known as Chaambas.