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Nearly 1,000 British tourists to be flown back from Gambia by Thomas Cook 

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By Sophie Jamieson 18 JANUARY 2017 early 1,000 British tourists will be flown back from Gambia by holiday company Thomas Cook after the Foreign Office changed its travel advice because of political unrest in the west African country. The tour operator is implementing contingency plans, with an additional programme of flights from the capital Banjul on Wednesday to bring 985 package holiday customers back to Britain. A spokesman said it has an additional 2,500 “flight-only” customers in Gambia who it is contacting to offer the earliest flight back to the UK. We’ve cancelled all flights to The Gambia until the 20th January due to a change in FCO advice. Full details here: po.st/Na0Q5h 11:55 PM – 17 Jan 2017 22 10 Thomas Cook @ThomasCookUK Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh declared a 90-day state of emergency on Tuesday, two days before he is supposed to cede power after losing elections last month. He is refusing to step down despite international pressure and the threat by other West African nations of a military intervention. Gambian President Yahya Jammeh CREDIT: MICHAEL REYNOLDS/EPA Last night the Foreign Office changed its guidance to advise against all but essential travel. The FCO warned of “ongoing political uncertainty and potential military intervention” in the wake of the December elections. #Gambia The FCO advise against all but essential travel due to the deteriorating political situation ow.ly/stES30869uh 10:32 PM – 17 Jan 2017 38 12 FCO travel advice @FCOtravel “The potential for military intervention and civil disturbance is high and could result in Banjul International Airport being closed at short notice,” the advice states. “You should follow events closely, take extra care, keep in regular contact with your tour operator and airline and continue to monitor travel advice and social media updates in case tensions rise as the current political deadlock continues.” Gambian beach CREDIT: AP It also warns those currently in Gambia to leave by commercial means if they have “no essential need to remain”. Meanwhile, president-elect Adama Barrow has left the country as the incumbent Mr Jammeh tries to challenge the election results through the courts, the FCO said. www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/18/nearly-1000-british-tourists-flown-back-gambia-thomas-cook/ Sent from my Hisense smartphone

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