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Holidays to Tunisia are axed amid terror attack fears

By Sam Lister

Published 10/07/2015

Warning: Philip Hammond
Warning: Philip Hammond

Holiday firms are pulling out of Tunisia after the British Government warned against all but essential travel there amid fears of a fresh terror attack.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised British tourists to leave the country following intelligence that a terrorist attack is "highly likely".

Thomson and First Choice immediately cancelled all outbound flights to Tunisia for the summer season, up to and including October 31.

The firm does not currently have any customers in Tunisia but a spokesman said: "As a precautionary measure we have taken the decision to repatriate all British Thomson and First Choice staff currently working in Tunisia within the next 24 hours."

All 30 of the Britons who were killed in the beach massacre in Sousse were Thomson and First Choice customers.

Thomas Cook UK & Ireland cancelled all future bookings to Tunisia up to the same date. .

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told the BBC: "While we do not have any information suggesting a specific or imminent threat, since the attack in Sousse the intelligence and threat picture has developed considerably leading us to the view that a further terrorist attack is highly likely."

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