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UK Warns On Egypt Travel Amid Violent Clashes in Cairo

British citizens have been advised to stay away from areas of Egypt that are affected by violence such as Tahrir Square in central Cairo, said the Foreign Office.

Three people were killed and hundreds injured amid demonstrations demanding that the ruling military council step down and announce a date for presidential elections. The incidents broke out yesterday in central Cairo and is ongoing in Tahrir Square, the TV Centre at Maspero and surrounding streets. There are reports that tear gas and rubber bullets have been used in these areas and a number of people have been injured. There have also been reports of sexual assaults on women, said the foreign office.

Clashes have also been reported in Alexandria and Suez.

"British nationals should stay away from these areas, avoid crowds, follow events on local and international news and seek advice from their tour operators," says a statement from the foreign office.

A popular uprising in February 2011 toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak and the military took over the government in the expectation that they would manage a transfer of power. So far, parliamentary elections are set to start on November 28th, but presidential elections have not been announced. Frustration at the slow pace of reforms has exploded into violent action and analysts say that this may threaten the upcoming parliamentary elections.

(Photo; Atlantic Council archive)

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