UN security council to hold emergency meeting over Cairo massacre

Published 15.08.2013 22:26
Updated 15.08.2013 22:31

The UN Security Council will meet on Thursday to discuss the situation in Egypt after hundreds of people were killed and thousands wounded when troops and police crushed protests seeking the return of deposed President Mohamed Mursi.

The Security Council will be briefed behind closed doors by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson at 5:30 p.m EDT (2130 GMT). The meeting was jointly requested by council members France, Britain and Australia. Earlier Thursday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan also called for an urgent Security Council meeting.

US citizens to leave Egypt

The United States on Thursday urged its citizens to leave Egypt or not to travel there due to the ongoing

Political unrest showed little sign of abating, the State Department said in a new travel warning that pointed to violent clashes between security forces and protesters.

It urged citizens to stay away from demonstrations and warned they could become targets of attacks.

SABAH and Agencies

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