From UK Express
By Jake Burman
Terrified British tourists ran for their lives after hotel staff in Turkey posed as so-called Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in a tasteless poolside prank.
Workers are reported to have donned traditional Arab clothing while carrying fake machine guns stunned holidaymakers in Icmeler, Turkey, just six weeks after 38 people were gunned down in the Tunisia beach massacre.
One horrified Briton even revealed how he had liquid from a bottle marked "Fuel" poured over him by a mock terrorist - who then pulled out a lighter.
Fearing another massacre similar to the Sousse beach attack - when ISIS-inspired Seifeddine Rezgui went on a bloody rampage in the north African resort, slaying 30 Britons - holidayers described how they screamed and ran for their lives.
It was only after they ranted to the hotel's manager they discovered that the stunt was a shocking 'joke' staged by staff at the five-star Grand Yazici Mares resort in Icmeler – less than 400 miles from the Syrian border where ISIS hold large swathes of territory.
Disgusted Jason Phythian was among the unassuming tourists sunbathing by the pool, last Thursday, when a group of men wearing outfits and carrying the imitation guns appeared.
The 43-year-old told The Sun: "We were so relieved - it was the hotel's idea of entertainment for the day.
"They thought it was funny to run around the pool dressed as terrorists.
"One ran up to me with a bucket with ‘fuel’ written on the side. He threw it over me and got out a cigarette lighter.
"I jumped up, not knowing what on Earth was going on. It was disgusting to try and make light of Tunisia in that way.”
Mr Phythian, an electrician from Manchester, had travelled with a party of six who had paid tour operator Jet2holidays over £5,000 for the 12-day all-inclusive package - to celebrate his father George's birthday.
The party also included Mr Phythian's wife Maureen, sister Dawn Sutton, her husband David and nine-year-old son Tyler.
He explained how as they were sat around the pool "suddenly everyone became terrified".
He said: “I looked around and saw Arab-looking guys stalking around and above the pool carrying big guns.
“Then one threw the bucket over me. Dawn had been haunted by the news of the Tunisia attack and we’d tried really hard to persuade her to come with us.
“You could see in her face that she thought her worst nightmare was coming true. She was panicking like hell. She kept saying, ‘I’m going home, I’m going home’."
Mr Phythian said he "joined the crowd British people who rushed down to the hotel manager" to make a complaint.
He said: “We were told it was just a joke and directed to take it up with our holiday rep. We had friends in another hotel, and they showed the pictures to the manager of that hotel — and they were gobsmacked that anyone would do such a thing.
“Obviously the staff knew what they were doing and were trying to ease the tensions of people at the hotel by having a joke. They thought it would be funny to scare everyone.
“But it was absolutely disgusting to try and make light of Tunisia in that way."
Jet2holidays apologised for any distress caused and insisted the hotel's entertainment team would never use the costumes again.
A spokeswoman for the tour operator said: “The hotel management have assured us it was never their intention to cause any offence or upset with their entertainment programme.
“This was a Hollywood-themed poolside show, which included the characters Rambo and Superman, and is always well received by the hotel’s residents.
"The management now understands some of the costumes may have caused offence and will no longer use these in their shows.”
A spokeswoman at the hotel said: “We are sorry and have apologised to our tour operators in the UK.”
ISIS claimed responsibility for the Tunisia gun massacre - where lone gunman Rezgui killed 38 people, including 30 Britons, as they relaxed on a Sousse beach.
The stunt is not the first time trusted staff have posed as terrorists. Last month HSBC sacked six workers who filmed themselves staging a mock ISIS execution of an Asian worker and posted it online. The group were dressed in overalls and balaclavas at a go-karting centre when they staged a beheading scene.
Sick footage posted online showed five of them laughing and joking as a colleague in an orange jumpsuit, named as Saf Ahmed, kneeled at their feet.
One clutched a coat hanger as a fake knife while another held Mr Ahmed by the shoulders.
A worker apparently shouted an Arabic phrase before one was heard whooping.
A spokesman for HSBC said: "This is an abhorrent video and HSBC would like to apologise for any offence caused."