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Britain’s foreign office tells all British tourists to leave Tunisia

memorial of Sousse massacre
Commemorating the 38 people who died in the Sousse massacre.
By Sasha Zients
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The British Foreign Office announced today (July 9) that any “non-essential” travel in Tunisia should cease.

The decision comes in the wake of a June 26 shooting on a beach in Port El Kantaoui, near Sousse, that killed 38 people—30 of whom were Brits. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.

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.

Quartz reached out to the office and will update this post with any response.

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:

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