US warns citizens in Egypt to avoid protests

Ahram Online, Tuesday 19 Nov 2013

The Cairo-based US Embassy has issued a statement warning American citizens to avoid protests on the second anniversary of the Mahmoud Mahmoud Street clashes

The US Embassy in Cairo issued a warning on Monday calling on its citizens to avoid protest areas on Tuesday, when several groups have announced that they will commemorate the second anniversary of the 2011 clashes on Mohamed Mahmoud Street that left over 47 protesters dead.

“Several groups have indicated their intention to hold peaceful demonstrations, and police have elevated their presence at several squares throughout Cairo, to include downtown (Tahrir), Nasr City (Rabaa Al-Adawiya), Giza (Nadha) and possibly areas within Heliopolis... In Alexandria, there are planned demonstrations across the city in Sidi Gaber, Smouha (police headquarters), Agamy, Stanley Bridge and Manhea,” the embassy's announcement stated.

The embassy also warned of potential rioting on Tuesday resulting from the World Cup qualifier football match between Egypt and Ghana in New Cairo at 6:00 PM.

“Due to the potential for violence on Tuesday, as well as significant traffic congestion in both Cairo and Alexandria, U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the locations identified above as well as elevate their security awareness for all movements within the city,” the statement concluded.

The US Embassy will close its doors at 3:30 PM on Tuesday.

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