Tunisia steps up security at Jewish pilgrimage to Ghriba

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Posted: May 06, 2015 2:16 PM
Tunisia steps up security at Jewish pilgrimage to Ghriba

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia says it has increased security for the Jewish pilgrimage to the age-old Ghriba synagogue after the Bardo Museum attack in Tunis that left 22 people dead, mostly foreign tourists.

Tour operators estimate that around 500 foreign visitors — including people from France, Israel, Italy, Britain and the U.S. — will participate in the pilgrimage to Africa's oldest synagogue on Djerba island on Wednesday and Thursday.

Police and military presence has been increased and roadblocks have been installed at all entrances to the city and around its hotels.

Tour operator Rene Trabelsi says tourist numbers are lower than normal, as some visitors may have changed their minds after the deadly March 18 attack on the national Bardo Museum.