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UK embassy in Cairo suspends public services for security reasons

UK embassy in Cairo suspends public services for security reasons

The British embassy in Cairo suspended all public services on Sunday for security reasons, an embassy spokesperson said. The embassy declined to give more details due to the sensitive nature of the matter but said it was working with the Egyptian authorities to reopen and resume full service as soon as possible.

“The decision to suspend public services at the embassy has been taken for security reasons and is in the best interests of our staff,” the spokesperson said.

It was not clear when the embassy would reopen. The British embassy website said the office of the British Consulate-General in Alexandria was operating as normal.

Egypt has been battling an Islamist insurgency that is largely centred around the Sinai Peninsula, a strategic area near the border with Israel, Gaza and the Suez Canal.

Insurgent attacks have mostly targeted Egyptian police and soldiers, killing hundreds in the past year, but Egypt’s most dangerous militant group recently said it was behind the killing of an American oil engineer in the western desert.

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