US warns on Egypt travel, moves to reduce presence

US warns on Egypt travel, moves to reduce presence

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CAIRO, EGYPT - JUNE 28: Supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi gather in the Cairo suburb of Nasr City on June 28, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. Crowds of pro- and anti-Morsi protesters gathered across Cairo just days prior to a series of planned nationwide demonstrations entitled 'Tamarod' or 'Rebel' on June 30th, the first anniversary of Morsi's election to the Egyptian Presidency. rganised by a coalition of opposition political groups, The 'Tamarod' aim to bring down the government of President Mohamed Morsi through country-wide protests. (Photo by Ed Giles/Getty Images).

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by By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press

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Posted on June 29, 2013 at 6:39 PM

 WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is warning Americans against all but essential travel to Egypt and moving to reduce the official U.S. presence in the country amid fears of widespread unrest.
 
   The State Department said Friday that Americans should defer nonessential travel to Egypt, citing the uncertain security situation. It also said it would allow nonessential staff and the families of personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to leave Egypt until conditions improve.
 
   The move doesn't require anyone to depart but encourages them to go by allowing them to do so at government expense. Officials say dependents and nonessential staff could be ordered to leave if the situation deteriorates.
 
   The U.S. is deeply concerned by developments in Egypt, where clashes have broken out ahead of planned mass protests against the government.

 

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