FCO warns against travel to Cairo

News at Heathrow 28/01/2014

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Protests at anniversary of the 2011 revolution

In a move that will upset many travellers looking forward to visiting Cairo, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has had to warn off British nationals from travelling there. Foreigners are being singled out and attacked by protestors and at least 49 people were killed during violent clashes in Cairo, Alexandria, and Fayoum recently.

Saturday was the third anniversary of the 2011 revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak and the Muslim Brotherhood has decided it will call for 18 days of protests to mirror the 18 days of protests that took place in 2011.

The FCO released a statement: ‘Protests and disruption to travel around the country are likely in the days before and after 25 January. You are strongly advised to stay inside during this period in Cairo.

‘Across the country you are also advised to take particular care in the vicinity of government buildings and security facilities and to avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings”

The spokesperson went on to warn that there was the chance that extremists may take advantage of political protests to target westerners. However, some people in the tourist industry felt that the warnings were a little out of date and unnecessary saying that everything was now back to normal.

But the Muslim Brotherhood vowed not to leave the streets ‘until it fully regains its rights and breaks the coup and puts the killers on trial’, according to the Associated Press news agency.

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