State Dept. urges avoiding travel in Egypt

Feb. 7, 2011 at 2:41 PM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. citizens are still advised to avoid travel to Egypt because of ongoing, potentially violent anti-government demonstrations, the State Department said.

On Feb. 1, the State Department ordered all non-emergency U.S. government personnel and family members to leave Egypt because of widespread anti-government protests.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo would be opened for emergency services to U.S. citizens until further notice, an advisory issued Sunday said.

"U.S. citizens should consider leaving Egypt as soon as they can safely do so, due to ongoing political and social unrest," the State Department said. "The U.S. Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid all demonstrations in Egypt, as even peaceful ones can quickly become violent and a foreigner could become a target of harassment or worse."

U.S. citizens wanting to leave Egypt were told to secure their own commercial passage out of the country, the State Department said, noting the Cairo airport was operational and a number of flights were available.

"Given the current availability of commercial flights, no additional U.S. government-chartered flights are planned," the State Department said, referring to flights made during the height of the protests."

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