Foreign Office updates advice ahead of Egypt demonstrations

Foreign Office updates advice ahead of Egypt demonstrations

Foreign & Commonwealth Office travel advice to Egypt was updated yesterday ahead of a series of large protests across the country.

Several “very large” protest marches are planned for Cairo on Sunday to both the presidential palace in Heliopolis and to Tahrir Square.

Other marches and demonstrations are planned for today (Friday) and tomorrow as part of ongoing protests in the Egyptian capital, Alexandria and other cities.

The FCO said: “The location and size of demonstrations will be difficult to monitor. You should consider carefully your movements around major cities in Egypt over the period of 27 to 30 June.”

Rallies are planned by supporters of president Mohammed Morsi to mark his first year in office on Sunday in the face of opponents calling for him to step down.

In a speech marking his first year in office earlier, Morsi said the unrest was "threatening to paralyse" Egypt.

One person died and a number of others were reportedly injured in clashes in northern Egypt late yesterday.

Troops have been deployed in Cairo and other cites, as Travel Weekly reported yesterday.

The FCO said: “Exercise caution at potentially sensitive locations such as government buildings, police stations, security directorates, political party offices, military barracks, the vicinity of Tahrir Square, the presidential palace and the Mokkatam area in Cairo.

“Do not attempt to cross roadblocks erected by demonstrators, or the security forces. Monitor travel advice updates and the local media for further information.

“You should avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings. If you become aware of any nearby protests, leave the area immediately.”

Around one million British travellers visit Egypt every year and most visits are trouble-free, according to the FCO.


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