OFFICIALS have warned tourists against travelling to Tunisia’s southeast because groups of Islamic State militants have been targeting travellers there.
Tourists have been warned to prepare for ISIS kidnappings
The chilling warning came after fearless fanatics affiliated with the depraved terror group, also known as Daesh, have even attacked security forces in the region, which borders Libya.
US authorities issued the warning, which is more serious than the travel alert issued a month ago, to American citizens in a desperate bid to deter them from travelling near the Libyan border and the mountainous regions of western Tunisia.
They encouraged travellers to exercise caution in all places in the country popular with tourists.
Tunisia’s tourism revenue has plummeted in recent months following sickening terror atrocities in the country last year.
Tourists have been urged to avoid Tunisian political gatherings, large crowds and demonstrations.
They have also been told to remain alert to the possibility of kidnapping.
Tunisia’s tourism industry was rocked by jihadi terror attacks last year President Beji Caid Essebsi renewed Tunisia’s state of emergency on March 22 – which was put into effect after last year’s attacks.
The move extended the state of emergency by three months until June 22.
The warning encourages tourists to stay away from the country’s border with Libya.
The US State Department warned: ”Travelers contemplating trips to the interior of Tunisia should assess local conditions and routes when making travel plans.
“In particular, all travel south of the designated military zone in the south must be coordinated in advance with Tunisian authorities.”
Source : Express UK