Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Janice Jacobs issued a Public Service Announcement for U.S. citizens on the situation in Egypt. She said:
"State Department personnel at our Embassy in Cairo and here in the United States are working round-the-clock to ensure the safety our Americans. We're monitoring the situation on the ground in Egypt, communicating information and implementing crisis response plans. We are communicating via our website, emails, call centers, social media, radio and television to get information out to U.S. citizens on the ground in Egypt who are understandably worried. We are sending additional consular personnel to Egypt to augment our Embassy staff. Charter flights out of Cairo will begin tomorrow.
"We are aware that not all U.S. citizens have internet or cell phone service in Egypt. We do know that many Americans are in contact with friends and family outside of Egypt. Because of communications interruptions, we ask that family and friends in the United States assist us by relaying information to their loved ones in Egypt directly. The most up-to-date information -- including evacuation instructions -- can be found on our website at travel.state.gov."
You can read the full text of the Assistant Secretary's PSA here. U.S. citizens who wish to depart Egypt via via USG-chartered transportation should contact the U.S. Department of State and Embassy Cairo by sending an email to EgyptEmergencyUSC@state.gov or by calling 1-202-501-4444. The U.S. Embassy in Cairo has provided these FAQs about departure flights for U.S. citizens.
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