A thousand Brits remain in Tunisia

by Emily DUNBAR on January 17, 2011

About 1,000 Brits remain in Tunisia as violent protests continue to plague the capital with unrest, said Foreign Office minister David Lidington.

Although there have been no instances where Britons have been targeted, the minister has renewed a caution to those that remain in country to leave. A majority of the thousand are expats living in Tunisia, but even they have been encouraged to fly out if they can.

Those that had tickets with British Airways could be in the country as late as Wednesday it emerged, as the carrier refuses to alter its schedule. So far, UK tour operators have brought home nearly 3,000 holidaymakers since Friday.

Mr Lidington said that the Foreign Office is continuing to advise against any non-essential travel to the revolution-torn country. He added that they advise anyone in the country currently who does not have pressing need to be there to leave.

Many have accused MPs of being slow to act in bringing Brits home. The Foreign Office said that situation remains tense, but it is being monitored constantly. Those Brits that remain in the country are urged to register at the nearest consulate.

Protests continued on Monday in Tunis with police using water cannons, tear gas and occasionally live fire to quell the masses. The demonstrators are calling for 23-year-term President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali to step down from power.

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