The State Department issued a new travel warning saying it was withdrawing embassy families from Tunisia because of growing unrest and urging all US citizens to consider leaving. The warning came after Tunisia's ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country on Friday following weeks of massive protests that had turned violent, with dozens of people reportedly killed. The State Department said it has "authorised the departure of all family members" of embassy staff. "US citizens in Tunisia should closely examine their security situation in light of this and other recent developments and consider departing Tunisia." It added that "the civil unrest has recently spread to Tunis and all major cities, including popular tourist destinations. "These spontaneous and unpredictable events have degenerated on several occasions into violent clashes between police and protesters, resulting in multiple deaths, injuries, and extensive property damage.