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Egypt Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Jul 23, 2005

This Public Announcement is being issued to alert Americans to recent terrorist attacks in Egypt. This Public Announcement supercedes the May 3, 2005 Public Announcement for Egypt and expires on October 22, 2005.

As witnessed in a number of other nations, Egypt has recently become a victim of terrorist violence. Early on July 23rd, at least three bombs exploded in Sharm El Sheikh at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, killing scores and injuring hundreds of Egyptians and some foreign tourists. There is no indication that American citizens were targeted in these attacks. Since October 2004, there have been five terror attacks in Egypt that targeted tourist destinations in Taba, Nuweiba, Sharm El Sheikh, and Cairo. One U.S. citizen was killed in Cairo on April 7, 2005 and several Americans have been injured.

The U.S. Government strongly urges all Americans resident in or traveling to Egypt to avoid the South Sinai governorate, crowded tourist destinations in Cairo, and to generally exercise caution while traveling in Egypt. U.S citizens are also urged to register their presence in Egypt with the U.S. Embassy through the Internet travel registration system, and to keep up-to-date on all local and regional travel information.

U.S. citizens in Egypt are urged to register and update their contact information at the U.S. Embassy or through the Department of State's travel registration website at https://travelregistration.state.gov. The U.S. Embassy is located at 5 Latin America Street, Garden City, Cairo, telephone (20) 2 797-2301, after-hours telephone (20) 2 797-3300, website http://cairo.usembassy.gov. Current information on travel and security in Egypt may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, or, from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. U.S. citizens should consult the Consular Information Sheet for Egypt, the Middle East and North Africa Public Announcement, and the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, available on the Department's Internet site at http://travel.state.gov.

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