Turkey expresses concern over incidents in Tunisia
Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed late Friday concern and profound sorrow over the incidents occurring in Tunisia, Xinhua reported.
The ministry said in a statement that "Turkey sincerely wishes current tension in brotherly Tunisia not to escalate more and restoration of order and tranquility again in the country."
"Turkish embassy in Tunisia and related institutions have been taking necessary measures, including evacuation, aiming to ensure security of Turkish citizens residing in Tunisia," said the ministry.
Meanwhile, Turkey's national air carrier THY late Friday cancelled its flight to Tunisia scheduled for Saturday.
THY's 10:40 a.m. scheduled flight to Tunisia's Enfidha Airport was cancelled because of the incidents in this country.
Mehmet Ersoy, chairman of Turkey's Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Situation Management, said in a statement on Friday that Turkey would send a plane to Tunisia to bring Turkish citizens back to Turkey due to instability in the north African country.
Clashes between people protesting against rising food costs and rampant unemployment, and the police in Tunisia have killed 23 people.
Earlier on Friday, Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali left the country and Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi took over the presidency, Tunisia's state TV reported.
The nation-wide protest was triggered by the suicide of Mohammed Bouazizi in the southern city of Sidi Bouzid, a street vendor who set himself on fire after his fruit cart without a licence, was confiscated by the police.