US warns of unrest amid protest dispersal in Egypt

"Should an operation commence in these areas to remove protestors, clashes are likely with the possibility of clashes/violence also occurring elsewhere," the US embassy in Cairo warned.

US warns of unrest amid protest dispersal in Egypt

World Bulletin/News Desk

The US embassy in Cairo has urged Americans to avoid protest areas in Cairo and Giza, where supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi are camped out, over fears of possible unrest.

"Though no specific date has been announced, the Government of Egypt has declared its intention through the media to clear protestors from gathering locations that have become permanent sit-in locations. In Cairo, these areas are Rabaa Adawiya in Nasr City and Nahda Square in Giza," the embassy said in a statement on its website.

"Should an operation commence in these areas to remove protestors, clashes are likely with the possibility of clashes/violence also occurring elsewhere," it added.

"Accordingly, the US Embassy urges U.S. citizens to avoid all areas of protest activity," the embassy said.

Ever since his July 3 ouster by the army, Morsi supporters have been staging daily rallies and sit-ins to defend his democratic legitimacy and demand his reinstatement.

The two largest sit-ins are in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square and Nahda Square in Giza.

The government has described the two sit-ins as a "threat" to national security and mandated the interior minister to take "all necessary measures" to disperse them.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi said that the government will not retreat on dispersing the pro-Morsi sit-ins.

"The decision to disperse the sit-ins is final and won't be reversed," al-Beblawi told a brief news conference.

Last Mod: 08 Ağustos 2013, 13:03
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