Sharm el Sheikh remains calm despite unrest

The situation in tourist haven Sharm-el-Sheikh remains calm, despite the unrest sweeping Egypt, according to the British Foreign Office.

Guests are urged to remain vigilant, but are believed to be at no risk at the present time.

However, tens of thousands of protestors remain in central Cairo as protests enter a seventh day.

A general strike has also been called.

Police, who abandoned positions on Friday as the Egyptian army moved in, are back on the streets, as protestors plan a march for Tuesday.

The fate of president Hosni Mubarak remains in the balance.

In power for 30 years, the president has offered political reform, but it remains to be seen whether this will be sufficient to quell demonstrations.

In an apparent show of strength fighter jets yesterday buzzed Tahrir Square – which has become an emblem of popular unrest – while tanks rolled into the streets.

Upward of 100 protestors are reported to have been killed, with hundreds injured.

Evacuation

Outside of Sharm-el-Sheikh holidaymakers have begun an emergency exit.

Advice from the American state department issued last night urged citizens to leave the region if it is safe to do so.

United States authorities have also put an evacuation plan in place, while airlines and tourism companies are cancelling trips.

“United States citizens currently in Egypt should consider leaving as soon as they can safely do so,” read a state department travel warning.

“While demonstrations have not been directed toward Westerners, US citizens are urged to remain alert to local security developments and to be vigilant regarding their personal security.”

International Visitors

Indian Ambassador R Swaminathan also organised a special Air India service to repatriate 300 citizens.

Carrying mainly women and children, the flight departed from Egyptian capital of Cairo earlier.

However, others have not been so lucky.

British visitors seeking flights from Cairo International Airport are reporting “chaos” on the ground as travellers seek seats on a decreasing number of departures.

Foreign Office advice has urged those in the country to stay indoors wherever possible, or leave Egypt if it is safe to do so.

“In light of the ongoing demonstrations, we continue to advise against all but essential travel to Cairo - all four governorates of Cairo, Giza, Helwan and 6 October - Alexandria, Luxor and Suez,” added a statement.