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Subject US citizens seek refuge at Cairo embassy, fearing for their lives, Iran style Islamist fucks taking over
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Original Message US citizens seek refuge at Cairo embassy

A group of US citizens has taken refuge at the US embassy in Cairo amid an Egyptian crackdown on foreign-funded pro-democracy groups.

Egypt's ruling military council has accused foreign groups of funding street protests against them.

At least 10 foreigners, including six Americans, are barred from leaving Egypt while they are investigated.

They include the son of US Transport Secretary Ray LaHood, but it is unclear whether he is in the embassy.

The US confirmed that a "handful" of citizens were staying in the embassy while waiting for permission to leave the country.

But state department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said there was no expectation that they were trying to avoid legal processes.

She said it was "a unique situation" but that there were no concerns for the Americans' safety.

"They approached the embassy staff and the decision was made to invite them as guests," she said.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the US had made its concern and disappointment clear to the Egyptian authorities and was working with them to resolve the issue.

The imposition of the travel ban followed a raid by the Egyptian authorities in December on democracy groups that receive foreign funding. The groups were alleged to lack the proper permits to operate and are now the subject of a criminal investigation.

[link to www.bbc.co.uk]
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