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FCO issues further advice about Egypt protests

Extra advice has been issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for people planning holidays in Egypt following protests in the country over the weekend. The US has also warned against travel to the country as demonstrations turned violent on Sunday.

Troops have been brought into Cairo and other Egyptian cities to deal with further protests and demonstrations planned by opponents of the Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. The Foreign Office warned travellers of marches that took place on the one year anniversary of the president coming to power on Sunday but has released further advice since the protests turned violent over the weekend.
Protesters in Tahrir Square

"You should avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings," read the FCO’s website. "If you become aware of any nearby protests, leave the area immediately. The location and size of demonstrations will be difficult to monitor," it added.

Millions of Egyptians took part in demonstrations and protests across the country over the weekend, which marked Mohammed Morsi’s first anniversary.  Around half a million protestors gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square chanting “get out.”
Tahrir Square

The demonstrations were mostly peaceful but warnings from the FCO and the US have been issued following the death of Andrew Pochter, 21, who was taking photographs of the demonstrations on Friday for an American cultural centre.

The US has now authorised the departure of all non-essential embassy staff in the country and has advised tourist "to defer non-essential travel to Egypt at this time due to the continuing possibility of political and social unrest".

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