Travel warning issued for region of Tunisia

British travellers have been warned against all travel to a national park area of Tunisia close to the border with Algeria.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office updated its travel advisory against all travel to the Chaambi Mountain National Park area due to Tunisian security forces conducting a security operation in the area.

“There have been armed confrontations between fugitive groups and security forces and a number of soldiers and security forces, and one civilian has been injured by home-made explosives and booby traps,” the FCO said.

“Seek advice from your travel company and follow any instructions given by security personnel if you travel to these areas.”

The update followed a general strike in the country on Friday affecting many flights in the wake of the assassination of leading opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi in Tunis.

Large protests also took place in the capital and towns across the country, including Gafsa, Sidi Bouzid and Sousse, with reports of some violence, according to the FCO.

“The situation across the country remains unpredictable. You should avoid any protests or large gatherings,” it added.

“Most visits to Tunisia are trouble-free, but you should be aware of the changeable political and security situation.

“There is a possibility of strikes and protests, some of which could turn violent. Protests are not normally aimed against foreigners, but international events can trigger anti-western demonstrations.”

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