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Is it safe to fly to Egypt? The Foreign Ministry updates the travel advice following the killing of Qasem Soleimani

The Foreign Ministry updated their travel tips for Egypt after the death of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.

A warning was issued on Sunday stating that British citizens “should remain vigilant” and “keep up to date with the latest developments”.

They say “terrorists are very likely to attempt attacks in Egypt,” which saw an estimated 415,000 British citizens visit in 2018.

The government body also advises against any trip to the North Sinai Governorate and all near-essential trips to the South Sinai Governorate, with the exception of the area within the perimeter barrier of Sharm el Sheikh, which includes the airport. and the areas of Sharm el Maya, Hadaba, Naama Bay, Sharks Bay and Nabq.

All trips, except essential ones, are also recommended for the area west of the Nile valley and the Nile Delta – excluding the coastal areas between the Nile delta and Marsa Matruh.

Travel tips in Egypt

Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was killed in a United States strike in Baghdad on January 3.

Iranian leaders have pledged to avenge the death of the man who led the Quds Force, an elite unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

“Terrorists are very likely to attempt attacks in Egypt,” said the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

“There is an increased threat of global terrorist attacks against the interests of the United Kingdom and British citizens, by groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria.”

Mourners trample on US flags with photos of the President of the United States Donald Trump, under a photo of Qasem Soleimani with the Arabic that reads “We are all Soleimani and al-Muhandis”

Travel information on the government website added: “Although most of the attacks occur in North Sinai, there is a risk of terrorist attacks across the country.

“The attacks could be indiscriminate, affecting Egyptian security forces, religious sites, large public gatherings and places visited by foreigners.

“There is an increased threat of terrorist attacks in or around religious sites and during religious holidays, such as the month of Ramadan and the Christmas season (including Coptic Christmas), when terrorist groups have sometimes called for attacks.

“The terrorist attacks occurred on local bank holidays.

“Terrorists have attacked tourists in Egypt in the past. There is an increased threat of terrorist attacks against Coptic Christians from extremists linked to Daesh-Sinai in Egypt.”

Tourists are invited to follow the advice of the Egyptian authorities. Further information is available on the UK overseas travel advice website here.

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