Sousse, often known as Soussa, is the capital of the Sousse Governorate in Tunisia. The city, which is 140 kilometers (87 miles) south of Tunis, has a population of 271,428 people (2014). Sousse is located in the country’s middle east, on the Gulf of Hammamet, a portion of the Mediterranean Sea. The name might be Berber in origin; similar names can be found in Libya and Morocco’s south (Bild al-Ss). Transport equipment, processed food, olive oil, textiles, and tourism are the mainstays of its economy. The Université de Sousse is located there.
Sousse is a popular tourist destination. It has a Mediterranean climate, which is moderated by the coastal location, making it a year-round destination with hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. Orchards and olive trees line the lovely sandy beaches.
Hotel complexes with a capacity of 40,000 beds stretch 20 kilometers (12 miles) north along the beachfront to Port El Kantaoui, just 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Monastir and Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport. Every year, around 1,200,000 people visit the city to enjoy its hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, casinos, beaches, and sports facilities.
On June 26th, 2015, a lone shooter, subsequently identified as Seifeddine Rezgui Yacoubi, opened fire on vacationers sunbathing on a beach between the Riu Imperial Marhaba and Soviva hotels, killing 38 people and wounded 39 others before being shot and killed by police.