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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs   8 July 2013  

Indonesia sets up monitoring team for Indonesian citizens in Egypt

The Indonesia Embassy (KBRI) in Cairo, Egypt, has formed a team to monitory the security of the Indonesian citizens amid rising tension after the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Moursi.

"The Indonesia Embassy in Cairo will monitor the situation and also deploy the team to check Indonesia citizens` security in Egypt," said Head of Information, Social and Cultural Affairs of KBRI Dahlia Kusuma Dewi told ANTARA News here Saturday (July 6).

The team, said Dewi, consists of embassy staffs as well as of other Indonesian citizens, including students.

Dahlia suggested that the Indonesian people should not be panicked but decrease their outdoor activities as well as should avoid being provoked.

"They should avoid visiting several sites that are prone to rallies and rioting. We also urged them to conduct routine contacts with the embassy," Dahlia said.

President of the Indonesian Students Association (PPMI) in Egypt Jamil Abdul Latif said the institution also conducted intense coordination with embassy and several branches of PPMI in several provinces in Egypt.

"We conduct the coordination to maintain the safety of students. The total number of our members reached 4,300 persons," said Latif.

Meanwhile, Chairman of Al Khair Students Association Subhan Utina said his association also conducted coordination with several members in Cairo, Tafahna and Zakazik areas.

"We have at least 49 members from Central Sulawesi, Manado, Gorontalo and Maluku. However they until now in safe conditions," Utina said.

A student from Ternate Faisal Minsar said 12 students from Ternate, N Maluku Province are in safe condition.

The total number of Indonesian Citizens living in Egypt reached 5,000 and most of them are students who live in Cairo and in several provinces such as Tanta, Zakazik, Iskandariyah, Mansourah and Tafahna.

The current security condition in Cairo and Egypt is still tense. Recent data showed at least 46 people have died and 1,400 injured as conflict among Moursi supporters and Moursi opposition elements were still going on.

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