News Alerts

22 May 2019 | 10:33 AM UTC

Tunisia: Heightened security in Djerba amid El Ghriba pilgrimage May 22

Tunisia News Alert

Heightened security deployment throughout the island of Djerba May 22-23 amid El Ghriba pilgrimage

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/22/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/25/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Tunis). COUNTRY/REGION Djerba, Ghriba synagogue

Event

Around 7000 Jewish pilgrims are expected to travel to the island of Djerba for the annual pilgrimage at the Ghriba synagogue taking place from Wednesday, May 22, through Thursday, May 23. A heightened security presence has been reported around the religious site, located in the Erriadh touristic area, and more largely throughout the island amid a persistent terrorist threat in the country. Police forces are reportedly imposing strict inspection procedures at the entrance to the island and around the synagogue. A heightened security presence is likely to remain in place until the end of the pilgrimage.

Context

El Ghriba synagogue is considered one of Tunisia's main symbol of Judaism and is the oldest synagogue in Africa. In 2002, the synagogue was the target of a deadly terrorist attack carried out by Al-Qaeda affiliated groups, killing 21 people including 14 German tourists.The annual pilgrimage is taking place during the month of Ramadan this year, and amid a persistent terrorist threat in the country.

Advice

Individuals in Tunisia, particularly in Djerba, are advised to adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities, to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities.

 

Copyright and Disclaimer
GardaWorld is the owner or licensee of all intellectual property rights in the material presented on this website. All such rights are reserved. The use of this website and its material is subject to the Terms of Use and accordingly you must not use any content from this website for commercial or other analogous purposes without our consent, including but not limited to any deep-linking or framing in order to copy, distribute, display or monitor any portion of the website. If you have any questions or are interested in distributing any content from this website, Contact us for more details.

Related news