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Over 1,000 security officers to safeguard hotels in Tunisia — tourism official

June 29, 2015, 20:58 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Private resorts popular among tourists will be isolated from outsiders and police will be controlling all entrances and exits round the clock, a Tunisian senior tourism official says
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MOSCOW, June 29. /TASS/. Over a thousand of security servicemen will be involved in protection of hotels in Tunisia, where a deadly terrorist attack left up to 40 killed at a hotel in the resort city of Sousse, a Tunisian senior tourism official said on Monday.

"The authorities of Tunisia set up an anti-crisis structure to work out a set of measures, which will be implemented starting today," Abdellatif Hmam, the director general of the Tunisian National Tourist Office, told a news conference in Moscow. "For the first time ever, 1,000 security officers will be deployed to beef up protection of hotels and they will be on duty at hotel receptions and entrances.

He said private resorts popular among tourists will be isolated from outsiders and police will be controlling all entrances and exits round the clock. Authorities also plan, Hmam said, for reserve military servicemen to monitor infrastructure and all routes of tourists’ movements.

The official also said that another measure aimed at stabilizing the situation would the regime "of minimal tolerance" as the country intends to ban all religious societies, which call for violence.

"We are mobilizing our forces to raise the country following such tragedy," Hmam added.

Tunisia terrorist attack

On Friday afternoon in Tunisia’s Sousse, an armed terrorist opened gunfire at a beach adjoined by the 5-star Imperial Marhaba hotel, which is popular with West-European tourists killing 39 and wounding 26 more.

A Russian woman is listed among the wounded in the deadly attack, while another Russian national is considered missing.

Russian diplomats who visited local hospitals in search for the wounded Russian female tourist said there were nationals of Britain, Belgium, France, Germany, and Ukraine among the hospitalized following the attack.

The Islamic States (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack in Tunisia, hit by the second terrorist attack in three months. In mid-March a group of armed attackers, clad in military uniforms, stormed the Bardo museum, located near the parliament in the country’s capital of Tunis, killing over 20 — 17 tourists among them — wounding dozens and taking several foreigners hostage.

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