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Situation in Egypt, 3 February 2011

Consular, Irish abroad, Security, Press Releases, Middle East and North Africa, 2011

As mass demonstrations and violent confrontations continue in Egypt, the Department of Foreign Affairs continues to provide consular assistance to Irish citizens through our Embassy in Cairo and our Crisis Centre in Dublin.

 

The Department continues to advise against all travel to Egypt.  Irish citizens in Egypt are advised to exercise extreme caution and to avoid all demonstrations.  Further clashes are possible in the coming days, particularly on Friday after noon prayers.

 

The situation remains volatile and unpredictable and may change quickly.  A nationwide curfew is currently in place from 17:00 until 08:00 local time.

 

The Department and the Embassy have given assistance to approximately 400 Irish citizens so far.  As of today, some 300 of these will have arrived home.  We are actively assisting approximately 25 citizens who are seeking to leave the country.

 

A further 60 Irish citizens have indicated that they wish to remain in Egypt as they are long-term residents.

 

Approximately 15 citizens have advised us that they do not require assistance at this time.

 

Since Sunday, our Crisis Centre has handled almost 1,000 calls with Irish citizens in Egypt and their families here in Ireland.

 

All Irish citizens in Egypt, who have not recently done so, should register immediately with the Embassy or with the Department in Dublin.

 

The Department and the Embassy are cooperating closely with EU partners with a view to maintaining an up-to-date assessment of the situation and in regard to contingency planning. 

 

Our Crisis Centre will remain open to respond to any concerns regarding Irish citizens.  The Crisis Centre can be reached on 01-4082999 from 08:00 until 22:00.  Our Duty Officer is available on 01-4780822 outside these hours.  Our Embassy in Cairo can be contacted at +20174443942.

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03 February 2010