Britons leave Tunisia amid new terror threats

first_imgBritain’s Foreign Office has advised against all but essential travel to Tunisia  and is asking all its citizens to leave the North African country.This follows warnings that further terrorist attacks were highly likely there.A total of 38 people among them 30 Britons were killed when a lone gunman, identified as Saif Rezgui, opened fire on holidaymakers at a sea front resort in the town of Sousse two weeks ago.In March, two gunmen killed 24 people dead, 21 of them foreign tourists, in an attack at the Bardo museum in the Tunisian capital Tunis.British authorities say they don’t believe that the security measures put in place in Tunisia were sufficient to keep holidaymakers safe.UK secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs Philip Hammond said in a video statement that while the office doesn’t have any information about a specific or imminent threat, its intelligence suggests another terrorist attack is “highly likely.”According to Hammond, there are approximately 3,000 British tourists currently in the country, and a few hundred British residents. The overwhelming majority of them are on organized tours, which have agreed to work with the British government to bring them back on short notice.Thomas Cook, a UK-based tourist agency, said that it will bring all of its customers currently in Tunisia back to the UK as soon as possible, via 10 flights booked over the weekend with third-party carriers.The agency tweeted that it will be canceling bookings to Tunisia through Oct. 31: People join hands as they observe a minute’s silence in memory of those killed in a recent attack by an Islamist gunman, at a beach in Sousselast_img read more

Messi Warned to Keep off Jerusalem

first_imgBut the Palestinians are not happy that the match will be held in Jerusalem.Palestinian FA chief Jibril Rajoub wrote on Sunday to Claudio Tapia, the head of the Argentinian FA, last week accusing Israel of using the match as a “political tool”.The stadium that will host the match is in west Jerusalem. The Palestinians want the eastern part of the city as the capital of a future state that will include the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.However, the status of the city generally is highly sensitive.The match was originally slated to be played in Haifa but Israeli authorities contributed funding for it to be moved to Jerusalem, irking Palestinians further.This is in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital.The U.S. embassy was moved there last month.“The Israeli government has turned a regular sports match into a political tool. As was widely covered in Argentinian media, the match now is being played in order to celebrate the `70th anniversary of the State of Israel’,” part of Rajoub’s letter said.On Sunday, Rajoub declared a campaign against Argentina and particularly Messi, noting he has millions of fans across the Arab and Islamic world, Asia and Africa.“He’s a big symbol. So, we are going to target him personally and we call on all to burn his picture and his shirt and to abandon him. We still hope that Messi will not come,” he told reporters after leaving the Argentinian representative office in the West Bank town of Ramallah.A small group of youths wearing Palestine football scarves demonstrated outside the representation office and attempted to set fire to an Argentinian flag.Rajoub has long tried to get football’s world governing body, FIFA, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to impose sanctions against Israel.This is mainly because of the Israeli government’s settlements policy in the West Bank and because it has imposed travel restrictions on Palestinian athletes citing security concerns.Those bodies have not heeded his calls. Argentina have made four previous pre-World Cup stopovers in Israel since 1986.The team has been drawn in World Cup Group D and will open its campaign against Iceland in Moscow on June 16.Most countries do not recognise either Israel’s or the Palestinians’ sovereignty in Jerusalem and have embassies to Israel in the Tel Aviv area.However, Guatemala and Honduras followed the U.S. lead in moving their embassies last month.(NAN)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Palestine Football Association head has urged fans to burn pictures of Argentina striker Lionel Messi and replicas of his shirt if he plays against Israel in Jerusalem next weekend.Twice world champions Argentina will play at Jerusalem’s Teddy Kollek Stadium on Saturday night in a World Cup warm-up match.The game has attracted huge interest among the Israeli fans, mainly because of Messi’s planned participation.last_img