Tunisia authorities declares state of emergency over beach attack
July 4, Tunis: President of Tunisia Beji Caid Essebsi has declared a state of emergency just over a week after 38 foreign tourists died in beach massacre. Among those killed 30 were Britons.
The state of emergency gives security forces more powers and limits the right of public assembly.
Tunisian authorities have already deployed more than 1,400 armed officers at hotels and beaches to tighten security in the wake of the attack on 26 June. Security forces were criticised for not responding more quickly to the attack in Sousse, when a gunman opened fire on tourists on a beach and in a hotel before being shot dead by police.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi is due to address the nation later.
The gunman has been identified as student Seifeddine Rezgui, who authorities say had trained in Libya.
Rezgui had probably trained with the Ansar al-Sharia group, though Islamic State (IS) earlier said it was behind the attack.
The Oslo Times