- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo shut down Tuesday, as more than 120 were reported injured in the escalating violence that has marked Egypt over the past few days.

United Press International reports that emergency services for U.S. citizens would only be offered “to the extent possible,” according to an embassy statement.

“Due to the security situation in the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy, our public services will be closed, including visa services and the Information Resource Center,” the statement continued, according to UPI.

Egyptian news is reporting that 48 security officers were hurt in the past 24 hours of protests. More than 50, meanwhile, have been killed in clashes since Friday, according to Health Ministry estimates, UPI said. The embassy closure comes just hours after the country’s leading general warned of a looming nationwide “collapse,” UPI reported.

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