Holiday Britons evacuated from Tunisia

Hundreds of British tourists were being brought home from strife-torn Tunisia today.

Travel company Thomas Cook said it was suspending its Tunisia programme and evacuating 1,800 holidaymakers from the North African country.

Six flights were bringing the tourists home, with the first due to arrive at Manchester at 2.30pm today.

Four flights are due to come in to Manchester and two to Gatwick in West Sussex.

Tunisia has been rocked by unrest sparked by anger at unemployment and at a leadership many see as controlling and corrupt.

Today thousands of angry demonstrators marched through Tunisia's capital, Tunis, to demand the resignation of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Thomas Cook said today: "Although there has been no specific problems for our holidaymakers, their well-being is our primary concern so, as a precaution, we've taken the decision to bring them back to the UK as soon as we can, using our fleet of aircraft today."

The Foreign Office (FO) has advised against all but essential travel to Tunisia.

The FO said: "There have been demonstrations, some violent, in multiple locations across the country.

"The situation is unpredictable and there is the potential for violence to flare up, raising the risk of getting caught up in demonstrations.

"British nationals in Tunisia should monitor the news or stay in touch with your tour operator."

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