Published on Monday, November 21, 2011

Foreign office warning after violence in Egypt

The Foreign Office has warned travellers to avoid areas of Cairo after violence broke out in the Egyptian capital.

Protesters and police clashed yesterday leaving 10 dead and hundreds wounded over fears that the country is moving towards a military dictatorship.

Parliamentary elections are scheduled to start on November 28.

There were also reports of demonstrations in towns outside Cairo and across Egypt.

The FCO has amended its travel advice to British nationals, and advise that they should stay away from the flash-point areas around Tahrir and the Downtown area and avoid crowds

It advised  following events on local and international news and seeking advice from their tour operators where appropriate.

The British Embassy remains open, but given its proximity to Tahrir, the Foreign Office advises travellers to call on 02 2791 6000 before making their way to the Embassy.

Middle East and North Africa minister, Alistair Burt said: "It is important Egypt enters the coming elections in an atmosphere of calm and mutual respect. The clashes between police and protesters in Tahrir Square and across Egypt are deeply concerning and the loss of life and injuries deeply regrettable.

"I condemn the violence, and call on all sides to find a peaceful way forward, committing themselves to dialogue and the completion of a transfer to democratic civilian rule on the basis of a credible timetable.”

By Diane Evans

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