Thursday, December 6, 2012
IFSA-Butler is continuing to keep in close contact with students in Egypt as political protests continue. Last night's protests outside of the Presidential Palace in Cairo ended in violence with five deaths and over 400 injuries. Demonstrations also took place in Alexandria outside the office of the Muslim Brotherhood, but no deaths have been reported in Alexandria.
Our resident director in Egypt, Dr. Mohamed El-Komi, reports that the Heliopolis neighborhood in Cairo, where the Presidential Palace is located, and Alexandria are quiet. Egyptians are awaiting President Morsi's televised address scheduled for today.
IFSA-Butler considers student safety and wellbeing our top priority. We are continuing to provide students with relevant updates, and Dr. El-Komi is in daily contact with IFSA-Butler administrators in the U.S. While we do not anticipate that the situation in Egypt will worsen while our students are abroad, IFSA-Butler has an effective response plan in place to ensure the safety and security of our students. In the unlikely event that this plan is needed, we will maintain frequent communication with parents and U.S. universities.
During orientation, our resident staff discuss at length with students how to stay safe while living in Egypt, including avoiding all large gatherings and protests. We have emphasized these guidelines again to our students who are currently in Alexandria.
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The New York Times
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Protests have erupted in Cairo between supporters and opponents of Egypt's president, Mohammed Morsi. Peaceful demonstrations began several days ago in Tarhir Square, but today's protests moved to the Presidential Palace in north Cairo and turned more violent. IFSA-Butler currently has no students in Cairo.
While there have been demonstrations in Alexandria, most have been peaceful and are a considerable distance from Alexandria University and even farther from where our students live. IFSA-Butler staff in Egypt have confirmed that all of our Alexandria students are safe and attending classes as usual.
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