October 27, 2016

British holidaymakers in Tunisia warned Christmas terror attacks are ‘highly likely’

ATTACKS on British tourists in Tunisia remain “highly likely” with a state of emergency extended – six months after the massacre in Sousse.

The Foreign Office has warned sunseekers they should be particularly wary of threats over the festive period, with tourists advised to avoid crowded beach resorts over Christmas amid heightened fears of another terror attack.

The country has been faced with an ongoing threat since a crazed Islamist gunman murdered 38 people, including 30 Britons, as they lay on deckchairs in the attack in June.

A state of emergency has been extended in the popular holiday destination until February 21.

The beach resort of Sousse and Tunisia’s wider tourist industry was rocked by the Islamist-inspired massacre that targeted foreigners as they sunbathed.

Today’s fresh travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) warns “further attacks remain highly likely, including against foreigners”.

It adds: “Security forces are on a high state of alert in Tunis and other locations.

“You should be especially vigilant and avoid crowded places over the holiday period, including around Mouled (24 December), Christmas and New Year.

“Further terrorist attacks are highly likely, including in tourist resorts, and by individuals unknown to the authorities whose actions may be inspired by terrorist groups via social media.”

Parts of the country remain completely off-limits with the FCO advising against all travel to the far south and areas bordering Libya and Algeria.

The FCO advises against all but essential travel to the rest of Tunisia.

There are still no direct flights between the UK and Monastir or Enfidah airports, which are commonly used by British holidaymakers heading to sunspots on the Mediterranean coast.

Daily Tunis Air flights are still serving Tunis Carthage airport from London.

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