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A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and of ousted president Mohamed Morsy runs past a burning vehicle near Cairo's Ramses Square during clashes with security officers on Friday, August 16. Thousands defied an emergency order by taking to the streets to mark a "Friday of anger," in support of Morsy. Look back at Egypt's unrest.


Morsy supporters carry supplies while violent clashes continue to take place near Ramses Square on August 16. Ferocious clashes on Wednesday, August 14, reportedly left more 500 people dead across Egypt, and authorities have declared a monthlong state of emergency. The recent violence began when Egyptian security forces stormed two makeshift camps to clear out Morsy supporters.


An Egyptian man offers a bottle of juice to policemen as clashes between Morsy supporters and security forces continue in Cairo on August 16.


Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsy supporters flee shooting near Ramses Square in Cairo on August 16.


A Muslim Brotherhood member and Morsy supporter wears a gas mask made out of a plastic bottle during clashes in front of the Azbkya police station on August 16.


Morsy supporters march in Cairo. Gunfire was heard from the overpass as tear gas was fired.


Demonstrators hurt in the clashes at Ramses Square are taken away on August 16 in Cairo.


A military helicopter flies above demonstrators in Cairo on August 16.




A protester receives treatment at the Al-Fateh mosque in Cairo on August 16.


Bodies of protesters who died during clashes are laid out at the Al-Fateh mosque on August 16.


A group of men gather around an injured protester in Giza on August 16.


A Morsy supporter prays on the floor of the Al-Fateh mosque in Ramses Square as injured protesters are treated nearby on August 16.


Demonstrators and Muslim Brotherhood supporters carry the body of a man apparently shot during clashes with security forces in Giza district on the outskirts of Cairo on August 16.


Morsy supporters demonstrate outside Al-Fateh mosque in Ramses Square in Cairo on August 16.


Protesters demonstrate near Ennour mosque in Cairo on August 16.


A flag-covered coffin of a man killed during Wednesday's clashes is carried at Amr Ibn Al-As mosque before a funeral in Cairo on August 16.


A protester wounded during clashes braces for help outside of a church on Mourad Street in Giza on August 16.


Egyptian soldiers take positions alongside armored vehicles as they guard the entrance to Tahrir Square in Cairo on Friday, August 16.


A Morsy supporter takes part in a protest near Ennour mosque in Cairo on August 16.


People reach for a coffin on Thursday, August 15, during a funeral for police officers killed during a crackdown at two protest camps in support of Morsy.


Egyptian police officers attend the funeral for their colleagues on August 15.


Men are detained near a burned section of Rabaa Al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo on August 15.


People search through debris at Rabaa al-Adawiya Square on August 15.


A man on August 15 checks out a list of names of those killed in the crackdown.


Egyptians mourn over a body wrapped in shrouds at a Cairo mosque August 15.


Morsy supporters carry a coffin into a mosque in Cairo's Nasr City on August 15.


A woman weeps after identifying the body of a relative on August 15 at a Cairo mosque.


A man walks inside the burned-out Rabaa Al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo on August 15.


Motorcyclists pass by debris, including Morsy posters, in Cairo's Nahda Square on August 15.


Supporters of Morsy shout during clashes with Egyptian police at the Rabaah Al-Adawiya protest camp in Cairo's Nasr City district on August 14.


A woman tries to stop a military bulldozer from hurting a wounded youth during clashes on August 14 in eastern Cairo.


Morsy supporters run as Egyptian security forces fire toward them on August 14.


An injured youth is seen at a makeshift hospital in Cairo on August 14.


Supporters of Morsy take cover from Egyptian security forces during clashes on August 14.


A Morsy supporter reacts after identifying the body of a dead family member at the Rabaa al-Adawiya Medical Center on August 14 in Cairo.


The national identity cards of protesters allegedly killed during a clear-out operation by Egyptian security forces on pro-Morsy demonstrators are exchanged at the Rabaa al-Adawiya Medical Center on August 14.


A Morsy supporter lies wounded on a stretcher at the Rabaa al-Adawiya Medical Center on August 14.


Plumes of smoke rise from the site of a protest in support of deposed President Morsy in Cairo on August 14.


Army bulldozers remove a barricade erected by supporters of Morsy during clashes with riot police at Cairo's Mustafa Mahmoud Square on August 14.


Supporters of Morsy push a police vehicle off the 6th of October Bridge in Cairo on August 14.


A member of the Egyptian security forces lies on the ground in Cairo on August 14 after a police vehicle was pushed off the 6th of October Bridge.


A man grieves at a makeshift morgue in Cairo on August 14.


Morsy supporters confront police at Cairo's Mustafa Mahmoud Square on August 14.


Morsy supporters carry a wounded man during clashes with riot police in Cairo on August 14.


A Morsy supporter during clashes with police in Cairo on August 14.


Riot police stand behind a wounded man near Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo on August 14.


Supporters of Morsy and members of the Muslim Brotherhood run from tear gas as security forces move in at the site of a pro-Morsy sit-in in Cairo on August 14.


A Morsy supporter sits under arrest at Cairo's Nahda Square on August 14.


Egyptians help a woman suffering from tear gas exposure in a street leading to Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo on August 14.


Egyptian security forces detain protesters in Cairo's Nasr City district on August 14.


The scene from a street in Cairo's Nasr City appears chaotic as security forces clear a sit-in August 14.


A woman tries to protect herself from tear gas in Cairo on August 14.


Muslim Brotherhood supporters run from tear gas in a street leading to Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo on August 14.


Protesters gather in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square on Monday, August 12.



































































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Germany and Hong Kong advise against all Egypt travel
U.S. tells citizens to leave; UK says Red Sea resorts are safe
Tourists in Hurghada advised not to leave hotel
What compensation could be claimed?




(CNN) -- Government travel advisories to Egypt have been stepped up and tourists' movements restricted as the crisis in Cairo and other cities continues.
Today Germany extended its advice against Egypt travel to include the Red Sea beach resorts around Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh, according to the Arabic broadcaster LBCI. These areas have been largely immune from the unrest of recent months and foreign governments have tended to advise that they are safe.
Yesterday, the government of Hong Kong also raised its travel warning, to "black," urging against all travel to Egypt.
On Wednesday night, following the day of violence in Cairo during which more than 500 people died, vacationers in Hurghada had letters posted through their hotel bedroom doors telling them to stay within the hotel grounds and that all excursions had been canceled, the TravelMole website reported.
The lockdown was over today, according to reports. One traveler posting on a Hurghada TripAdvisor forum, under the name Sally_Asling, said: "In the hotel it feels safe and we are having a fab holiday."



Egypt braces for the "Day of Anger"

Deadly clashes
The warnings to tourists and updated travel advisories follow clashes in Cairo on Wednesday in which hundreds of people were killed as government security forces, in some cases reportedly using bulldozers, dispersed sit-ins by supporters of the deposed Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohamed Morsy.
U.S. and British travel advisories on Egypt remain basically unchanged. The U.S. State Department continues to urge its citizens to leave Egypt, if they can. Any remaining in the country should monitor local media for updates on the unrest, it says.
U.S. student fatally stabbed in Egypt
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office continues to advise against travel to Egypt, except the Red Sea resorts. It notes that a man was killed this week in clashes in the city of Hurghada, although away from tourist areas.



Tourists in Hurghada were advised this week to stay in their hotels.

Compensation
Government travel advisories are important not only for travelers' safety but because they affect what compensation they can claim.
Following the German government's announcement, the tour operator TUI Germany said it was cancelling all trips to Egypt until September 15 and that travelers already in its resorts could stay for the remainder of their holiday or leave early.
In Britain, a travel journalist specializing in the Middle East, Matthew Teller, told the Guardian: "What the FCO does or doesn't say rules the roost in terms of what tour operators can and can't offer clients."
Travelers were unlikely to be able to change their plans if they were booked to travel in an area, such as Sharm el-Sheikh and other Red Sea resorts, that the government deemed safe, he said.
Cancellations
Other large travel firms were altering or canceling their Egypt travel programs, in addition to TUI.
Thomas Cook said it had canceled all excursions from Red Sea resorts to Cairo, Luxor and sights including Moses Mountain and St Catherine's Monastery on the Sinai Peninsula.
Kuoni, the UK-based operator, has also canceled all Egyptian excursions for 30 days.



Tourism is vital to Egypt, employing around 10% of the workforce.

British Airways has changed its flight schedules to Cairo to avoid the dusk-to-dawn curfew the government has imposed as part of its state of emergency, although tour operators are still being allowed to operate overnight transfers to Sharm el-Sheikh.
"We are also offering customers the option of rebooking to a later date, or to another destination," a BA spokesman said.
Most tourists fly to the Red Sea resorts directly. Easyjet, which runs flights to Sharm el-Sheikh, said it was allowing some passengers with flights booked to Egypt within the next few days to change their destination.
The cruise operators MSC, Costa and Holland America Line have also reportedly canceled their Egypt-bound ships.
Tourism vital
The latest violence in months of unrest in Egypt can only do further damage to the country's vital tourism industry, which normally employs around 10% of the workforce and brought in $10 billion in 2012.
As chaos has increasingly gripped the country, beginning with anti-government protests in 2011 that led to the overthrow of the Hosni Mubarak regime, tourist numbers have fallen by almost one-third -- from 14 million in 2010 to 10.5 million last year.
In further news, the Egyptian ministry for antiquities has closed archaeological sites and museums across the country to protect them from looting, the Egyptian newspaper al Alhram reported.




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