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Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 5.36 GMT

Egypt protests:

FEB suspends sending employees

 

The Foreign Employment Bureau (FEB) has decided to temporarily suspend sending employees to Egypt in view of the tense situation that has erupted in the country.

The welfare and safety of the Sri Lankans who are already working in Egypt is being monitored by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Egypt at the moment.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs so far there are no reports of Sri Lankans being affected and is awaiting more details from the Sri Lankan mission.

Meanwhile, efforts are being made to bring hundreds of Asians stranded in Egypt back home, the BBC reported.

Mass protests in Egypt demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak paralyzed the country since last week, with clashes between demonstrators and security forces leaving dozens dead and many more injured. The death toll from the protests so far is hard to assess but is thought to be at least 100. Human Rights Watch in Cairo told the BBC World Service its collation of deaths put the toll at 174.

Many countries are evacuating citizens, leading to chaotic scenes at Cairo airport as air traffic becomes congested and flights cancelled or delayed.

A massive march and a general strike is planned in Cairo today.

The AFP news agency reports that internet service provider, the Noor Group, went down on Monday - removing the country's last remaining connection.



 

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