Tunisia SITREP: 20 October 2023 – 15:30

by | Oct 20, 2023 | Contingency

As of 1530, 20 October 2023:


  • After numerous deaths at a Gaza hospital during the night of 17/18 October, there were large-scale demonstrations across Tunisia and throughout the region.
  • Over the same evening, a synagogue in Gabes was damaged by protestors.
  • Demonstrators have burned both US and French flags, calling for the expulsion of the two countries’ ambassadors.

In Tunisia…

  • Currently, demonstrators are gathered in downtown Tunis by the French Embassy, following Friday prayers.
  • A small group of demonstrators have gathered at the US Embassy in Lac II.
  • The UGTT, Tunisia’s main public sector union, has announced a demonstration for tomorrow, Saturday, 21 October 2023 at 12:00 PM along Avenue Muhammad V and Avenue Habib Bourghiba.
  • The US Department of State issued a global alert for “Worldwide Caution” citing “increased tensions” and the “potential for terrorist attacks, demonstrations, or violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests.”
  • The US Embassy in Tunis announced that the movements of diplomatic personnel are temporarily restricted.


  • Demonstrations ongoing and planned for the next 24 hours will likely cause significant disruptions to vehicle and foot traffic.
  • An increased security presence is highly likely in downtown Tunis and in Lac II near the US Embassy.
  • Demonstrations that continue after dark can become a highly dynamic security risk.


  • Limit movements around the city, particularly after dark.
  • Avoid non-essential travel to the downtown Tunis area along Avenue Muhammad V and Avenue Habib Bourghiba as well as to Lac II near the US Embassy.
  • Avoid large crowds.
  • Follow the instructions of police and security forces.
  • Confirm communication and shelter-in-place plans (if your organization does not have updated shelter-in-place plans, contact one of our partners: Adrienne@DispatchRisk.com).
  • Maintain situational awareness, including monitoring reliable information sources for updates.

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