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    U.S. Embassy in Egypt demanding their nationals to stay away from areas of demonstrations
    Friday, August 23, 2013 - 09:57
    U.S. Embassy in Cairo
    U.S. Embassy in Cairo

    U.S. Embassy issued in Egypt a new security message to its citizens, which indicated that it had received reports on the activities of the protest by supporters of the group "Muslim Brotherhood" after prayers, "Friday," the day. embassy said it is likely to start protests in the afternoon .. And include points gatherings common in Giza and Maadi. adding that the security forces, under the emergency law, may act to prevent such gatherings, and as we have seen earlier, the local population, may face these groups. explained that, due to the possible outbreak of violence on "Friday", The U.S. Embassy advises American citizens to stay in their homes or close to starting at one in the afternoon and appealed to them to continue to monitor local media closely, as well as any updates to the security situation. and pointed out that, although the past few days were relatively quiet in Cairo and Alexandria, the The security situation is still tense and difficult to forecast amid sporadic reports of clashes and violence. also called on its nationals strongly to abide by the curfew and be prepared to face the checkpoints, and to commit calm and instructed the police or the army in the light of the curfew is still in force from seven in the evening until six in the morning.

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    Re: Egypt - USA Embassy advises citizens to stay away from planned demonstrations today due to risk of violence

    Security Message for U.S. Citizens No. 72: Weekend Security Update

    August 22, 2013

    The U.S. Embassy has received reports that there will be protest activity by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood following Friday prayers on August 23. Protests will likely begin by mid-afternoon. While the areas of gatherings have not been publicized, common assembly points have included Giza (Dokki and Mohandiseen) and Maadi (behind the Maadi Club) locations. Security Forces, under emergency law may move to prevent these gatherings and, as seen previously, local residents may confront these groups as well. There are also reports that a revolutionary group may hold demonstrations at foreign embassies today (Thursday, August 22).

    Due to the possibility of violence on Friday, the U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to remain at or in very close proximity of their residences beginning at 1:00 p.m. Please continue to closely monitor local media for any updates to the security situation. Though the past several days have been relatively calm in Cairo and Alexandria, the security situation remains tense and unpredictable, with sporadic reports of confrontations and violence. The U.S. Embassy does not currently prohibit its personnel from traveling to Red Sea resorts that can be reached by flights, but recommends citizens limit overland travel due to violence reported in many other parts of the country.

    The curfew remains in effect from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., and the Embassy strongly encourages U.S. citizens to abide by the curfew. Should an emergency situation place you out after curfew, be prepared to encounter checkpoints and diversions. Remain calm and abide by instructions of the police or military. Pay close attention to any hand signals and do not make any sudden moves or try to avoid a checkpoint. Be prepared to present identification.

    The possibility of protests in vicinity of the Embassy continues. Please do not travel to the Embassy unless you receive specific instructions from the Embassy to do so.

    As a matter of general practice, U.S. citizens should avoid areas where large gatherings may occur. Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. U.S. citizens in Egypt are urged to monitor local news reports and to plan their activities accordingly.

    The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to review their personal security plans and remain alert to their surroundings at all times in Egypt. For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State?s Internet website where the Worldwide Caution, Country Specific Information for Egypt, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts, can be found. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes or Google Play to have travel information at your fingertips.

    Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers outside of the United States and Canada, on a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

    U.S. citizens are advised to maintain valid travel documents and enroll with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy Cairo through the State Department?s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program website. If you enroll we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements and can also help your family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency. U.S. citizens without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

    For further information, U.S. citizens may call the Embassy?s American Citizens Services Unit at 2797-2301 during business hours, Sunday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Please refer to the American Citizens Services Facebook page at: For emergencies after business hours and on weekends and holidays, U.S. citizens can contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Embassy switchboard at 2797-3300. The Embassy is located at 5 Tawfik Diab Street (formerly known as Latin America Street), Garden City, Cairo.