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US Embassy in Cairo shuts due to ongoing clashes

Taking precautionary measures, the US Embassy in Cairo announces it is to halt its activities, warning US citizens to stay away from hotspot areas as downtown clashes continue

Ahram Online, Thursday 29 Nov 2012
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Riot police walk away after releasing tear gas during clashes with anti-Morsi protesters along a road which leads to the U.S. embassy, near Tahrir Square in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
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The US Embassy in Cairo and its consular service has announced it is to close its doors Thursday as result of ongoing clashes in its vicinity.

It further called on US citizens to avoid sites of clashes in downtown Cairo and the neighbouring Garden City area throughout the weekend as a result of expected protests.    

Clashes in downtown Cairo, including Tahrir Square and neighbouring Simon Bolivar Square, as well as Garden City's Nile corniche, have been sites of clashes between protesters and the police for the past week.

Unrest erupted following President Mohamed Morsi's constitutional declaration last Thursday, deemed "dictatorial" by opposition protesters.

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