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New Zealand ministry advises against all travel to Egypt

01-31-2011 10:08 BJT

WELLINGTON, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has upgraded its travel warning to Egypt, advising New Zealanders against all travel to the country.

Thousands of protestors have defied a curfew in Cairo on a sixth day of demonstrations in many Egyptian cities, which have left some 100 people dead and thousands injured.

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) said there is an extreme risk to security. It advises those who are already in the country to avoid areas where protests may occur, exercise caution in public places and maintain a high level of personal security awareness.

New Zealand Ambassador to Egypt Rene Wilson said New Zealand troops, stationed on the Sinai pensinsula near the Egypt-Israel border, have been confined to barracks by Egyptian authorities as a result of the protests.

The commander of the multinational force in place to monitor the 1973 peace agreement between the Egypt and Israel is a New Zealander, and 28 New Zealand troops are serving in the force.

MFAT spokesman Adham Crichton said embassy staff were continuing to work out of the ambassador's residence.

The ministry said Cairo airport was open, and advised New Zealanders in Egypt with concerns about the situation to leave if it was safe to do so.

MFAT said there were now 295 New Zealanders registered with as being in Egypt. There were likely to be other New Zealand tourists in Egypt who had not registered.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said on Monday New Zealand was not looking at evacuating the New Zealanders in Egypt.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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