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  • Ottawa urges 'high degree of caution' for Canadians amid Egyptian riots

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    Published 01/27/2013 17:01:08
    Ottawa urges 'high degree of caution' for Canadians amid Egyptian riots
    Egyptian protesters clash with police, unseen, in Port Said, Egypt, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. Violence erupted briefly when some in the crowd fired guns and police responded with volleys of tear gas, witnesses said. State television reported 110 were injured. Egyptian health officials say 3 have been killed in clashes between protesters and police in Port Said . (AP Photo)

    OTTAWA - The federal government has closed its embassy in Cairo for the day and is warning Canadians in Egypt to "exercise a high degree of caution."

    Ottawa is citing demonstrations across Egypt and what it calls an "unpredictable security situation."

    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has declared a 30-day state of emergency and night curfew in three provinces hit hardest by the wave of violence that has left more than 50 dead since Friday.

    Riots are being attributed mainly to politicized Egyptian soccer fans, known as Ultras, who have been battling with police.

    Those same soccer fans helped fuel protests against the military leadership that ruled Egypt between the fall of former strongman president Hosni Mubarak and the election last June of Morsi — the country's first freely elected leader.

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