Several “suspicious” fires have recently taken place throughout Tunis. Last night, for example a fire broke out in a wheat field in the region of Bouhajla, Kairouan Governorate and 3 hectares of wheat were consumed by the fire.
The string of “fires” are strange and there are many theories flying around as to their “real” causes, but as expats what’s important is that we make practical adjustments. We have noticed Tunisian security forces increasing their level of alertness and this could indicate that they are taking these incidents seriously.
Additionally, it’s important to note that Tunisian National Guard units arrested 14 members of a cell linked to Ansar al-Sharia on Tuesday, June 3rd. According to the interior ministry, the group “planned to launch attacks on vital interest in the country.”
Expat Residential Fire Safety
Obtaining a fire extinguisher in Tunisia is inexpensive and easy. The best one to get for home use is the ABC model. Obviously, the best place to keep one is in the kitchen and they are pretty easy to use.
Fires aside, it would be a shame if we didn’t highlight the positive vote of confidence that King Mohammed VI gave Tunisia during his visit by simply walking around town with “limited security”.
I guess the message is: “If it’s safe enough for a King…”