Egypt still a ‘no-go’ zone for DFAT


  72 people killed in latest round of protests.  

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has maintained its ‘reconsider your need to travel’ advice for Aussies travelling to Egypt after weekend clashes resulted in the death of up to 72 protesters.

Earlier this month, Egypt’s Islamist-president Mohammed Morsi was removed from office, resulting in intensified disputes from Morsi supporters.   

Over the weekend, 72 people died at a protest in support of the former president, with security forces accused of firing live rounds at unarmed civilians, the Sydney Morning Herald.

Although EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton has been called in to deal with the situation, DFAT has advised that Australian travellers should avoid violent protests in Alexandria and Cairo, however, those choosing to remain in Egypt “should avoid all demonstrations, protests and large crowds”.

“Closely monitor the media for information on events and developments that may affect your security and safety,” the Department stressed.

Keep an eye on e-Travel Blackboard for more updates.

Source = ETB News: NJ
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