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Security fear closes Cairo embassy

The British embassy in Cairo remains closed today amid ongoing fears over security, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

Britons in Egypt will be unable to apply for visas and other face delays in having their passports returned while public services are suspended.

In an update this morning, UK ambassador to Egypt John Casson said: " Public services at the British embassy are currently suspended. We have taken this decision to ensure the security of the embassy and our staff.

"We are working to restore full services as quickly as possible and to keep British nationals in Egypt and other customers informed.

"I am grateful for the close and ongoing cooperation with the Egyptian government to achieve this."

A warning on the FCO website said: "Please do not come to the embassy building."

It added that the British Consulate-General in Alexandria in the north of Egypt was operating as normal.

In its online travel advice for Egypt, the FCO warns that previous attacks in the country have targeted government buildings.

It said: "There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attacks globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria.

"You should be vigilant at this time. Terrorists continue to plan attacks in Egypt. Attacks could be indiscriminate and occur without prior warning.

"Foreigners could be targeted in tourist resorts or other locations frequented by foreigners. Previous attacks have almost exclusively targeted the security forces, their facilities and other government buildings.

"You should take great care near these places."

However, the advice excludes the popular tourist destinations along the Nile River including Luxor and Red Sea resorts such as Sharm el Sheikh which have remained calm throughout.


From Belfast Telegraph