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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Tunisia between tourism and terrorism: why not go the Brits

On the official website of the Federal tourism Agency there was a warning about the growing terrorist threat in Tunisia. With reference to competent authorities, it is reported that tourists against the extremists are preparing a series of actions. And the most likely places for attacks can become tourist sites on the island of Djerba in Zarzis. So Russian tourists are recommended when visiting Tunisia to be vigilant and to take precautions.

photo: morguefile.com

The problem of Tunisia is not only a country has a certain number of people who hold extremist views (it is worth mentioning that among the foreigners who come for “Jihad” in Syria, immigrants from Tunisia – one of the first places). The problem lies in the neighbours – Algeria, where at one time were very active Islamist militants, and bruised by the civil war Libya. The authorities even had to build on the Libyan border to protect from extremists 200-kilometer wall.

Just over a week ago the representatives of Tunisia called on the UK government to weaken the warning, do not recommend tourists to visit this North African country without undue need.

The foreign Ministry of the United Kingdom does not recommend that you visit several areas (district national Park, Shaambi, the number of points on the border with Algeria and Libya).

In the first half of this year, the number of visitors from Britain to Tunisia compared to the same period in 2015 fell by 90%. It’s hard to say that more influenced the decline in tourism – recommendations from the British authorities or the fact that in the past year as a result of two terrorist attacks in Tunisia died 31 tourist from the United Kingdom.

Recall that in June 2015 armed with a gun the terrorist staged a massacre on the beach, full of tourists, near the famous resort of Sousse – then killed 39 people, most of them British. Responsibility for attack was assumed banned in Russia and other countries, the terror group of ISIS. And before that it was quite the militant attack on tourists in the capital of the country – in the Bardo Museum. In both attacks there were victims among Russian citizens…

After the foreign Office said that there is a high probability of further terrorist attacks, British tour operators stopped selling tours to Tunisia.

Naturally, the demand for tickets on the Tunisian tourism affects the economy of the Arab countries that once enjoyed the reputation as the safest and most westernized in the region. And economic weakness, rising unemployment (when the beaches are empty and hotels, where to go those who worked in resort areas?) – all this plays into the hands of extremists of all stripes. No accident that the terrorists hit the tourism sector.

The Tunisian Ambassador in London Nabil Ammar said that his country’s authorities carried out a great job security. “Every week are exposed terrorist cells, – quotes bi-Bi-si of a diplomat. Terrorists are arrested or neutralized. This should create a positive rather than a negative image. If you look at the statistics, you are much less likely to die or suffer any damages in Tunisia than in many countries near us.”

By words the representative of the Association of British travel agents benefit from the development of the Tunisian tourism sector is clear, but the safety of tourists from the UK should be priority No. 1 for both the foreign Office and the British tourist industry.

Not in favor with the British holidaymakers and the beaches of Egypt (after the terrorist attack aboard a Russian airliner were canceled flights from the UK to Sharm-El-Sheikh) – but a growing demand for holidays in Spain, Portugal and Cyprus.

With a warning for going to Tunisia travellers appeared in the past month the Israeli authorities, saying that terrorist elements continue to operate in Tunisia and attack, presenting a high level of danger for Jews traveling to the traditional holiday procession in the synagogue of El Grib on the island of Djerba. By the way, in 2002, terrorists tried to blow up this ancient North Africa the synagogue – then from a car bomb explosion killed about 20 people.

However, as practice shows, terrorism knows no boundaries and seemingly stable including Paris and Brussels can sometimes be no less dangerous than the countries of the Arab East…

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