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Philippines issues travel advisory on Egypt due to violent protest actions

01-31-2011 15:34 BJT

MANILA, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine government has discouraged Filipinos from traveling to Egypt following violent protest actions in the Middle East state.

The Philippine foreign affairs department issued an advisory asking Filipinos "to defer non-essential and non-urgent travels" to Egypt until the security situation has stabilized. The department has allocated a 25 million pesos (5.6 million U.S. dollars) standby emergency fund should the security situation there deteriorates and there is a need to evacuate Filipinos to safer places.

The department is also sending additional personnel to assist the 20-person staff of the Philippine Embassy in Cairo in ensuring the safety of Filipino community members.

At least a hundred casualties have been recorded after violent clashes between the protesters and police authorities erupted on Friday in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez. No foreigner was reported injured.

The Philippine embassy in Cairo advised Filipinos in Egypt to stay indoors, steer clear of public places and avoid involvement in political actions. Embassy officials also advised Filipinos to inform the embassy if they feel that they are at risk and would like to be relocated to a safe place.

Most of the 6,569 Filipinos in Egypt live in Cairo and Alexandria. Of this figure, 1,674 are Filipino students enrolled in Cairo's prestigious universities

Thousands of Egyptians are demanding the ouster of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak who have been in power for 30 years. Mubarak fired his Cabinet early Saturday and promised reforms after protesters battled police with stones and firebombs, burned down the ruling party headquarters and defied a night curfew declared by authorities.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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