The State Department has advised Americans contemplating traveling to Morocco, particularly Fez, to check with the Department or the American Embassy in Rabat for an update on the situation there after violent demonstrations the weekend of Dec. 14-15.

Tourists fled when the Des Merinides Hotel in Fez was set afire during riots following the start of a nationwide general strike.Violence erupted in other cities, including Tangier and Rabat, but it was most widespread in Fez, the country's religious and intellectual center.

The city suffered extensive damage as thousands of people rampaged through the streets.

The violence, which was prompted, according to diplomats, by hunger, poverty and unemployment, was followed by a pledge by the Moroccan overnment to raise salaries, improve social benefits and resume talks with unions and employers to resolve labor disputes.