Gharsallah is a father of three children, and was among the many jobless citizens who have spent weeks protesting in front of the Governate office. Ammar suffered serious injuries, and was airlifted via military helicopter to the Trauma and Burn Center of Ben Arous. Gharsallah suffered from extensive third-degree burns, and succumb to his wounds Monday, January 9th.
After the incident, unrest erupted throughout the city. Groups of young people began throwing stones at various police outposts and national security offices. Police officers utilized of tear gas to disperse the angry protesters.