Japan’s foreign ministry has issued a second highest level travel alert for Egypt as violence continues to escalate following the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi in July and the massacre of his supporters last week. Japanese firms operating in the country have also been evacuating their employees and families as violent clashes between the military and civilian groups have claimed almost 900 people in the past few days.
The foreign ministry has advised Japanese nationals who are in Egypt to consider leaving the country as they expect the situation to become even more violent as anger over the killings of Morsi’s supporters spread and civilian “people’s committees” have taken it on themselves to dish out their own brand of justice. Panasonic has announced that their lone employee has already left Egypt while Uicharm Corporation, a Japanese diaper maker, has ordered their Japanese staff who are working in a factory just outside of Cairo to temporarily move to Saudi Arabia. Insurance company Tokio Marine & Nichido meanwhile told employee’s family members to leave Egypt immediately. Trading house Sojitz has already closed its local office and moved its employees to Dubai, but sent family members back to Japan.
Egypt is currently under military control since the ousting of Morsi, but the situation is seemingly out of control as supporters of the Muslim ex-president continue to demand his reinstatement. The country’s largest Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, has taken to the streets for three straight days to protest, despite efforts from the military to stop them. Many countries have already issued travel advisories and evacuated their respective citizens from the troubled African country.
[ via NHK ]
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