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Message to U.S. Citizens

Security Message to U.S. Citizens No. 12: Violent Demonstrations in Vicinity of Embassy Perimeter, November 25, 2012

November 25, 2012

The Embassy wishes to inform U.S. citizens of sporadic clashes in the vicinity of the Embassy.  Protestors have pelted police lines just outside the Embassy’s North Gate entrance, with some Molotov cocktails thrown in the same direction.  While some rocks have landed on the Embassy compound, there is no indication at this time that the Embassy itself is a target.  Embassy personnel have been advised to stay out of open outdoor space within the compound, and that absent an essential reason to depart, Embassy employees should remain inside until the current activity subsides.  As the security situation around the Embassy remains fluid and unpredictable, U.S. citizens are strongly urged to avoid coming to the Embassy at this time.

As a matter of general practice, U.S. citizens should avoid areas where large gatherings may occur.  Even demonstrations or events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  U.S. citizens in Egypt are urged to monitor local news reports and to plan their activities accordingly.

The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to review their personal security plans and remain alert to their surroundings at all times in Egypt.  For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Internet website where the Worldwide CautionCountry Specific Information for Egypt, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts, including the current Travel Alert for Egypt, can be found.  You can also follow the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and on Facebook.  You can also download our free Smart TravelerApp available through iTunes and the Android market to have travel information at your fingertips.   Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers outside of the United States and Canada, on a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). 

U.S. citizens are advised to maintain valid travel documents and enroll with the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy Cairo through the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program website.  If you enroll we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements and can also help your family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.  U.S. citizens without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. 

For further information, U.S. citizens may call the Embassy’s American Citizens Services Unit at 2797-2301 during business hours, Sunday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  Please refer to the American Citizens Services Facebook page at:  www.facebook.com/USEmbassyCairoACS.  For emergencies after business hours and on weekends and holidays, U.S. citizens can contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Embassy switchboard at 2797-3300.  The Embassy is located at 5 Tawfik Diab Street (formerly known as Latin America Street), Garden City, Cairo.