Egypt Tension prompts travel warning

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Travellers have been warned to avoid all but essential travel to Egypt following the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by Egypt’s army.
In the hours following the overthrow of the president, the military was deployed to various parts of the city, where tens of thousands of pro- and anti-Morsi supporters have gathered, and clashes between groups of protestors have been reported in cities across Egypt.
In light of the situation, the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised against all but essential travel to Egypt, with the exception of resorts in the Red Sea area.
“Although we are not recommending immediate departure at the moment, British Nationals already in Egypt in areas where we advise against all but essential travel should consider whether they have a pressing need to remain,” says the FCO on its website.
“While in Egypt they should stay at or close to home or a place of safety (e.g. their hotel), keep a low profile and pay close attention to their personal safety, particularly in the larger cities. They should take particular care to avoid crowds.”
The US Department of State has warned US citizens living in Egypt to leave because of the continuing political and social unrest. Yesterday (Wednesday) it ordered the departure of “non-emergency US government personnel and family members from Egypt.”
The US Embassy in Cairo has been closed for the past two days.
Egyptian security officials have reported that President Morsi is being held under house arrest and a travel ban has been placed on him and other senior government officials.
Tourists in Egypt are advised to monitor the situation closely and look out for any updates on travel warnings.
Operations at Cairo International Airport have not been affected by the unrest, and airlines continue to operate flights in and out of the country.


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