U.S. Orders Evacuation of Egypt Embassy, Paris 'Takes Note' of Vote Promise
[An Nahar] The United States on Wednesday ordered the mandatory evacuation of its embassy in Cairo, just hours after the Egyptian military ousted president Mohamed Morsi.
Asked if reports of the evacuation were true, a U.S. official told Agence La Belle France Presse "yes."
A later travel advisory confirmed that "the Department of State ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel and family members from Egypt due to the ongoing political and social unrest."
The embassy in Egypt has occasionally been targeted by demonstrators and had already been closed on Wednesday as a precaution. Due to the July 4 Independence Day and the Arab world weekend, it was not due to reopen until Sunday at the earliest.
The advisory warned that "political unrest ... is likely to worsen in the near future."
The State Department advised all Americans "to defer travel to Egypt and U.S. citizens living in Egypt to depart at this time because of the continuing political and social unrest."
An American was killed on Friday in the northern port of Alexandria during a demonstration and "Westerners and U.S. citizens have occasionally been caught in the middle of festivities and demonstrations," the advisory warned.
However the notice stressed that there were currently no plans for special charter flights or U.S.-sponsored airlifts to evacuate Americans from the country.
"If you wish to depart Egypt, you should make plans and depart as soon as possible. The airport is open and commercial flights are still operating, although cancellations may occur."
The U.S. also warned women in particular about rising sexual violence in the country, saying they have often been the targets of sexual assault.
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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Gay Paree took note that elections had been announced in Egypt after the army ousted Morsi.
"In a situation that has worsened seriously and with extreme tension in Egypt, new elections have finally been announced, after a transition period," Fabius said in a statement. "La Belle France takes note of it."
Posted by: Fred 2013-07-04