Australians advised to avoid travel to Egypt
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Australians advised to avoid travel to Egypt

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australians have been advised to avoid traveling to Egypt, where nearly a week of mass protests have left chaos in the largest Arab country.

The Department of Foreign Affairs on Sunday raised its travel advisory to the highest category: “do not travel.”

“We advise you not to travel to Egypt because of ongoing civil unrest and the high threat of terrorist attack,” the department said on its website. “If you are currently in Egypt, and concerned about the security situation, you should leave if it is safe to do so.”

There are at least 800 Australians registered as living in Egypt.

Massive protests began last week, demanding the resignation of longtime President Hosni Mubarak. Surging lawlessness on the streets has led to looting and the formation of armed neighborhood patrols.