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CaptionTunis - Av.Habib Bourguiba as seen from Carlton Hotel __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Tunis is a city with a long history. In the 2nd millennium BCE a town originally named Tunes was founded by Libyans and also over time occupied by Berbers and Numidians. In the 9th century BCE the city was taken over by Phoenicians from Carthage. The Berbers took control of Tunis in 395 BCE but it was soon lost when Agathocles invaded Africa and established his headquarters there. When Agathocles left Africa the Carthaginians took control of the city once again. In 146 CE the Romans destroyed Tunis along with Carthage. However the city was subsequently rebuilt and became an important town under Roman control. It wasn't until the 7th century after the final destruction of Carthage that the city achieved its own importance under the control of Arab Muslims. It was at this time that the medina of Tunis was first built. The medina is the centre of the city: a dense agglomeration of alleys and covered passages full of intense scents and colours boisterous and active trade a surfeit of goods on offer ranging from leather to plastic tin to the finest filigree tourist souvenirs to the works of tiny crafts-shops. The French occupied the city from 1881 to 1956 having established a protectorate over the country. During World War II Tunis was held by Axis forces from November 1942 to May 1943 and was their last base in Africa. he Arab League was headquartered in Tunis from 1979 to 1990. The Palestinian Liberation Organization also had its headquarters in Tunis from 1982 to 1993. In 1985 the PLO's headquarters was bombed by the Israeli Air Force killing more than 61 people.
HeadlineTunis is the capital of Tunisia and also the Tunis Governorate with a population of 699 700 in 2003. Situated at the end of a large gulf the Gulf of Tunis linked to it by the Lake of Tunis and a canal to the port of La Goulette Halq al Wadi the cit
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