There is an increased terrorist threat during Neyrouz (Coptic New Year) celebrations on Tuesday, September 11. Attacks by Islamist terrorist organizations - such as the Islamic State (IS) - targeting the Coptic community are possible across the country in the coming days. Heightened security measures and continued military and counterterrorism operations are to be anticipated.
The Christian community has been targeted in a number of violent attacks in Egypt in recent years.
Due to the prevailing threat of terrorism, especially during the holiday season, individuals throughout Egypt should report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities and always be on guard when visiting sites deemed particularly vulnerable to an attack (e.g. public transportation, train stations, ports, airports, public or government buildings, embassies or consulates, international organizations, schools and universities, religious sites, markets, hotels and restaurants frequented by foreigners/Westerners, festivals, etc.). Some governments advise their nationals against travel to the Sinai region, where the authorities maintain a media blackout and special security zones due to the persistent terrorist threat.
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