Close to a thousand British tourists to be evacuated from Gambia

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A British travel agent, Thomas Cook, will flay almost 1,000 British tourists out of Gambia after British foreign office put out a warning due the unrest in the West African country.

The unrest in the country follows a recently declared three month state of emergency declared by the Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who is unwilling to hand over power to the newly elected President Adama Barrow citing irregularities in the December 2016 elections.

The United Kingdom Foreign Office has advised the British citizens from traveling to Gambia unless it is essential due to ‘deteriorating political situation and potential military intervention, following the presidential elections on 1st December 2016’.

Thousands of Gambians have been fleeing the country in fear of the situation deteriorating.

Thomas Cook has also cancelled all flights to the country until 20th January, the company will add four additional flights on 18th Wednesday to fly all 985 UK tourists home.

In a statement, Thomas Cook said: “We are dispatching a special assistance team with our first flight from the UK to provide additional support at Banjul airport for our customers. Our colleagues on the ground in the Gambia will proactively contact all customers on holiday with us as soon as possible to prepare for return to the UK.”

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