As both ruling and opposing parties prepare to hold separate gatherings throughout Egypt on November 27, 2012, the U. S. Embassy takes necessary measure for the safety of U. S. citizens. Various groups, some supporting President Morsi and others opposing the Muslim Brotherhood, will be holding rallies and gatherings all over the country, which may raise tension over the issue of presidential power.
With the Muslim Brotherhood planning a rally at Renaissance Square in Giza and the opposition groups calling for a demonstration in Tahrir Square, there is a great possibility of heavy traffic congestion due to the marches as well as the potential for violence particularly if and when both the parties should cross their paths.
The Embassy, hence, informs all U. S. citizens to avoid areas where large gatherings may happen, for the possibility of intensification of violence even during the demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful are very high. The Embassy advises the U. S. citizens in Egypt to keep a close eye on the reports from local news and plan their activities accordingly. There already have been reports of rock and Molotov throwing incidents in the area of the Embassy’s North Gate, which was controlled by the Police positioned there, using tear gas to drive the youth back toward Tahrir Square.
Due to this violence, the Embassy is discouraging visitors to the Embassy until the situation settles, and U.S. citizens with appointments for routine services in the American Citizen Services section have been rescheduled for Thursday, November 29. Emails have already been sent to all the applicants awaiting appointment. Also, the Embassy would be operating at reduced staffing levels and planning for an early dismissal of all employees. It would be advisable for the U. S. citizens to review their personal security plans, remain alert to their surroundings at all times in Egypt, and maintain valid travel documents.
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, including the current Travel Alert for Egypt, can be found. Up-to-date information on security is available by calling 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 (toll-free outside the United States and Canada) from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U. S. federal holidays).
Enrolling with the Department of State or the U. S. Embassy Cairo would be beneficial, for they can keep one up to date with important safety and security announcements and can also help the family and friends get in touch in an emergency. U. S. citizens can reach Embassy’s American Citizens Services Unit for further information at 2797-2301 during business hours, Sunday to Thursday from 8.00 am until 4.30 pm.
The Embassy is located at 5 Tawfik Diab Street (formerly known as Latin America Street), Garden City, Cairo.
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