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Hundreds flown back from Tunisia

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A tour operator has evacuated nearly 2,000 British holidaymakers from Tunisia after protests broke out in the country.

Travel firm Thomas Cook suspended its Tunisia programme and brought back more than 1,800 travellers.

The situation is unfortunate for those who did not take out travel insurance before heading to the North African country.

The holidaymakers returned to the UK in more than seven Thomson First Choice and Thomas Cook flights on Friday, while on Sunday, 116 Saga customers were flown back, alongside more than 100 Thomas Cook passengers and 60 Thomson First Choice customers.

Demonstrations and some violent protests have taken place across the country against Tunisia's president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and have led to him standing down. A new interim president was sworn in on Saturday.

Manny Fontenla-Novoa, Thomas Cook Group chief executive, said: "Thanks to the hard work of our experienced teams who have worked around the clock to put in place our rescue programme since Thursday evening, we can now confirm the speedy and safe return of 1,800 of our holidaymakers to the UK."

The Foreign Office has advised people to be in Tunisia only if "they have a pressing need to remain".

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