Foreign Embassies Begin Issuing Alerts for their Citizens Residing in Tunisia
13 June 2012
Adam Le Nevez - Tunisia Live - Late this afternoon, the US Embassy in Tunis issued an emergency message to its citizens residing in the country. The message reads:
Throughout the evening of June 11 and the early morning of June 12,
2012, Tunisian police clashed with groups of rioters in the northern
suburbs of Tunis, including Carthage, La Marsa, Sidi Bou Said, and areas
near Gammarth. Sporadic gunfire and the use of tear gas, but no
casualties, were reported. As of 10:00 a.m. June 12, 2012, the
situation in these areas was calm.
The U.S. Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid all
demonstrations, as even peaceful ones can quickly become unruly, and a
foreigner could become a target of harassment or worse. U.S. citizens
should review the current Travel Alert and the Country Specific Information for Tunisia.
The French embassy has also issued a notice to its citizens in Tunisia alerting them to the curfew, although they offered no particular advice to their citizens.
The French embassy has a special hotline in the event of a crisis, but as of 10pm on Tuesday June 12, it had not been activated. For information, the hotline number is 71 105 065.
Tunisia Live will monitor information from other embassies if and when it becomes available and will publish it in updates to this article.