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No threat to safety of Russians holidaying in Tunisia

July 30, 2013, 14:16 UTC+3
Association of Tour Operator of Russia confirmed that there were no protests in Tunisia’s resort zones
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MOSCOW, July 30 (Itar-Tass) – Holidays of Russian tourists in Tunisia are unaffected by recent protests that embraced the North African country, the Association of Tour Operator of Russia said on Tuesday.

Currently, the situation in Tunisia’s administrative centers has normalized. The nationwide strike organized by Tunisia’s trade unions has ended and no mass rallies are planned.

“There were no protests in Tunisia’s resort zones,” the association said.

Executive director of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia, Maya Lomidze told Itar-Tass that around 10,000 Russian tourists may spend their vacations in Tunisia.

“The strike had not affected their vacations. They are calmly resting at the country’s resorts and feel no inconvenience,” she said.

The Tunisian embassy in Russia said “protests in Tunisia against atrocious assassination of the political party’s leader are absolutely peaceful.” “The situation in Tunisia remains calm. The Tunisian authorities and hospitable Tunisian people guarantee safety to all foreign guests and tourists,” the embassy said.

“From the start of the Tunisian Revolution no accidents affecting interests and safety of foreign guests and tourists have been registered so far,” the embassy said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry reiterated its recommendation to Russian citizens staying in Tunisia to show cautiousness and to avoid sites of protests and demonstrations.

On July 25 Tunisian opposition leader Mohammed Brahmi was shot dead. On the next day Tunisia’s big cities were hit by protests.

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