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Sweden issues Cairo travel warning

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Sweden issues Cairo travel warning
07:32 CET+01:00
Sweden on Friday recommended its citizens to avoid the Egyptian capital Cairo as unrest continued.

Neighbouring Denmark warned its citizens against all unnecessary travel to Egypt, with the exception of tourist resorts, while Sweden's foreign ministry was more limited in its recommendation.

Egypt, a major tourist destination for Scandinavians, has been since Tuesday rocked by massive protests against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.

Denmark's foreign ministry said on its website the massive protests were cause to warn against all travel to the country, with the exception of tourists resorts along the Red Sea coast.

Sweden meanwhile advised its citizens against all unnecessary travel to the Egyptian capital.

"We think (Swedes) should avoid travelling to Cairo if not absolutely necessary," foreign ministry spokesman Anders Jörle told AFP.

Egyptians in Sweden staged their own protests in Stockholm on Friday evening with groups gathering in Sergels Torg to register their support for their countrymen.

“It's Muslims, Christians, moderates, liberals…Egyptians of all kinds who are fighting for their freedoms,” one of the organizers, Kholoud Saad, told The Local on Friday.

Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt on Friday slammed Egyptian authorities for shutting down internet access.

“Obviously, the future of Egypt cannot be shaped by closing the internet - instead it must be shaped by opening up the political system," Bildt said in a statement.

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