Foreign Ministry Issues Travel Warning to Egypt

Foreign Ministry calls on Israelis to avoid traveling to Egypt and leave the country if they are currently staying in it.

Elad Benari, Canada ,

Riots in Egypt
Riots in Egypt
AFP photo

The Israeli Foreign Ministry renewed on Friday its travel warning to Israelis traveling and staying in Egypt.

The Foreign Ministry said it recommends avoiding traveling to Egypt and called on all Israelis currently in the country to reconsider the rest of their stay.

Israeli citizens who choose to stay in Egypt, said the warning, are instructed to follow the developments in the county, abide by instructions of local security officials and avoid large crowds.

The warning was issued as protesters took to the streets and clashes erupted between supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi.

In Alexandria, one person was killed in protests and another 70 were injured. The offices of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) in the Alexandrian district of Sidi Gabr were set on fire, leading to 40 injuries.

Thousands of Egyptians also gathered in Cairo on Friday in two opposing mass rallies, one calling for Morsi’s ouster and another showing support for the embattled Islamist president.

Morsi’s opponents are planning a huge rally in Tahrir Square on Sunday, June 30, the one year anniversary of his inauguration. Since then, protesters say, the Egyptian economy has gone from bad to worse. The increasing influence of Islamic fundamentalism inspired by Morsi has done an excellent job of keeping tourists away from Egypt, denying the country one of its most important sources of hard currency.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)