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UK citizens advised to leave Tunisia amid fears of another terror attack

UK tourists in Tunisia have been advised to leave the country amid fears of a fresh terror attack following the atrocity in Sousse.

The Foreign Office has warned against all but essential travel following intelligence that a terrorist attack is "highly likely".

Tour operators are arranging extra flights to ensure holidaymakers can leave, the government said.

Authorities in Tunisia believe terrorist plots aimed at producing mass death tolls and destruction of the country's economy are in the works, the prime minister has said.

Habib Essid, addressing parliament, said the fears justify the state of emergency declared after a second deadly attack on tourists in three months.

Mr Essid implied that personal freedoms guaranteed by the constitution should not be affected by the "exceptional measures".

The state of emergency was declared on Saturday, days after the July 26 attack on a hotel in Sousse that killed 38 tourists. That came three months after an attack on a museum near Tunis that killed 22.

Mr Essid said authorities believe Tunisia faces "terrorist plots with the objective of creating instability ... and operations aimed at killing as many people as possible and destroying ... the economy".

Meanwhile the country has also announced plans to build a barrier along the border with Libya to keep out extremists.

Mr Essid said construction of the barrier, which is aimed at rendering the border "impassable" by jihadi fighters and vehicles, is expected to run to the end of the year.

Mr Essid said the barrier, which will be built by the army and private contractors, will cover about 105 miles of border with Libya and include fencing, a sand wall, trenches and surveillance posts.

Tunisia's government declared a state of emergency on Saturday - just days after a gunman killed 38 tourists in the coastal resort of Sousse.

Three months earlier, attackers fired on tourists and others at the National Bardo Museum in the capital, Tunis, killing 22 people.


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