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27 Sep 2019 | 12:46 PM UTC

Egypt: Ongoing protests reported in several cities September 27 /update 5

Egypt News Alert

Anti-Sisi protesters gather in several cities on September 27; heightened security presence reported

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/27/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/30/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Cairo). COUNTRY/REGION Egypt

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Event

Demonstrators demanding the resignation of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi have gathered in Giza, Qina, and Luxor as of Friday, September 27. Counter protests are also expected over the coming hours, as President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has called for his supporters to demonstrate on Friday. Security forces reportedly closed off entrances to Tahrir Square in Cairo.

A heightened security presence has been reported in the capital as well as in other major urban areas. The Egyptian Ministry of Interior has reportedly warned it will confront "any attempt to destabilize the country with decisiveness". Thus, clashes between protesters and security forces are likely.

Context

Several protests have taken place in Egypt since September 20, calling for President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's resignation over corruption allegations following a call for demonstrations by Mohamed Ali, currently in exile in Spain. Hundreds of protesters gathered in Cairo, Alexandria, Damietta, Matareya, and Suez. On September 21 and 22, demonstrators clashed with security forces in Suez, with police attempting to disperse crowds with tear gas, rubber bullets, and live ammunition. According to local NGOs, at least 1900 people, including protesters, journalists, and political activists have been arrested in several Egyptian cities since the demonstrations began on September 20.

Advice

Individuals in Egypt are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate a heightened security presence and transportation disruptions near protests, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

 

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