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US embassy in Cairo warns Americans against visiting Giza Pyramids

Email alert from US embassy in Cairo instructs US nationals to avoid Egypt's iconic Giza Plateau, citing recent incidents of 'criminal conduct' in area

Ahram Online , Friday 31 May 2013
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The US embassy in Cairo on Friday warned US nationals in Egypt to exercise caution and avoid visiting the Giza Pyramids.

The message, sent via email, noted that the embassy had become aware of an increasing number of incidents of 'criminal conduct' in and around Egypt's Giza Plateau area.

It cited one recent case in particular in which unidentified individuals had pounded on the doors of a car carrying tourists, which they had attempted to open by force.

"US citizens should elevate their situational awareness when travelling to the Pyramids, avoid any late evening or night travel, utilise a recommended or trusted guide and closely guard valuables," the embassy warned.

It went on to state that a lack of adequate security in the area had heightened fears of possible violence.

Such security warnings are frequently issued to citizens by US embassies around the world.

The latest warning comes at a sensitive time for Egypt, when the local tourism industry is already suffering from months of post-revolution political unrest. 

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Roslyn
31-05-2013 11:08pm
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Warning will be extended to most embassies
This warning will extend to most embassies worldwide, many tourists who visit Egypt obviously want to see the pyramids. Where is the security, what is going on, this is so hard to comprehend.
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mark
31-05-2013 10:14pm
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god bless president morsi
God bless president Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. He begs for tourists but have done nothing to protect them.
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patkar
31-05-2013 08:29pm
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out of control
thugs are everywhere, tourists die because of bus drivers incompetance children droown in pools while lifeguards are elsewhere.This isn t the proper way to advertize visiting Egypt. It is all your fault !
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