Irish Independent Travel Department

"We keep our travel advice under constant review and will continue to monitor the situation in Tunisia very closely.”

Tunisian National guard members patrol at the beach in Sousse, Tunisia

The travel advice comes exactly a fortnight after a devastating terrorist attack in the idyllic beach resort of Sousse that left three Irish people - Lorna Carty and Larry and Martina Hayes - and 35 other holiday makers dead.

Irish tour operators Sunway and Just Sunshine last week suspended all charter flights to Tunisia for the rest of the summer season.

An armed policeman patrols on a beach at Sousse, Tunisia

A spokeswoman for Sunway said that as of July 3rd all Irish customers had been flown home from Tunisia. "The situation is under constant review, we are working closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs." she said.

The new advice is another hammer blow for the Tunisian tourist industry and has sparked fears it could play into the hands of extremists in the North African country.

Nabil Ammar, Tunisian ambassador to the UK, told BBC Two's Newsnight: "This is what the terrorists want.

"By damaging the tourism, by having foreigners leaving the country, they damage the whole sector and put so many people out of work and on the streets.

Tunisian soldiers and police patrol the area of Mount Salloum near Algeria's border in Kasserine, Tunisia
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