Dutch government reviews travel advice to Egypt

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The Dutch government is holding a crisis meeting to evaluate the situation in Egypt because of the continuing anti-government demonstrations. A spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry says the current travel advice that people should avoid Egypt unless absolutely necessary is being reviewed.

The United States, Turkey, Russia and Saudi Arabia have advised their citizens in Egypt to leave the country. Washington and Ankara are organising evacuation flights for their nationals from Cairo. The Netherlands is contemplating evacuating Dutch citizens in the Egyptian capital.

The Foreign Ministry says the Dutch embassy in Cairo is difficult to contact as telephone and internet systems have been disrupted.

KLM has sent a larger than normal plane with room for an extra 100 passengers to Cairo early this morning.

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