UK government advises caution after Cairo clashes

UK government advises caution after Cairo clashes

British travellers are still free to visit Egypt despite violent clashes in Cairo over the weekend which left 10 protestors dead and large numbers injured.

Security forces mounted a pre-dawn charge on the capital’s Tahrir Square today, clearing hundreds of demonstrators away from the area, according to videos posted on the internet.

At least 10 have been killed and 441 wounded in the three days of violence, according to the Egyptian health ministry.

Demonstrators growing restless at the lack of change in the country since the fall of former leader Hosni Mubarak 10 months ago have been facing an increasingly violent response from military police.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office, highlighting the violent clashes, said: “There remains the possibility of further demonstrations elsewhere in Cairo as well as other cities in Egypt, including Alexandria.”

Britons are advised to avoid all crowds and demonstrations, but the overall advice has not changed and there are no restrictions on travel to Egypt.

“The situation could change rapidly and we recommend that you follow events on local and international news and seek advice from tour operators,” the FCO said.

UK visitors are also told to avoid polling stations when the third phase of Egyptian elections are due to take place on January 3.

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