Tunisair cancels all flights to and from Tunisia on Friday

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Tunisia’s national carrier had cancelled all its flights to and from the country on Friday following the assassination of leading Tunisian critic Mohamed Brahmi.

Tunisair said the decision comes in response to a strike call by the General Union of Tunisian Labor (UGTT), which called for a general strike across the country on Friday in protest at “terrorism, violence and murders”.

An airport spokesman told AFP a decision would be taken soon whether to suspend all flights to the country, which is trying to renew its popularity with holidaymakers.

Tunisair’s director of communication and external relations, Solaf al-Mokaddem, told Al Arabiya that all flights scheduled for Friday have been canceled, and additional flights will be arranged on Saturday.

Brahmi, a 58-year-old MP and vocal critic of Tunisia's ruling Islamists, was assassinated earlier on Thursday as he left home.

The murder by unknown gunmen sparked angry street protests in central Tunis and the top opposition figure's birthplace of Sidi Bouzid for which he was an MP, AFP correspondents said.

(With AFP)

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