Egypt: American Killed During Violent Clashes

By: CBS/AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: CBS/AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

CAIRO (CBS/AP) Egyptian security and medical officials say an American has been killed in the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria during clashes between supporters and opponents of Egypt's embattled President Mohammed Morsi.

Alexandria security chief Gen. Amin Ezz Eddin told Al-Jazeera TV that an American was killed Friday in Sidi Gabr Square while photographing the battles between opposition youth and members of the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails.

A medical official told The Associated Press the American was wounded by gunshots and died at the hospital. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

An official at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo told CBS News' Alex Ortiz that it was aware of the report and was seeking to confirm it.

In Egypt, a looming political showdown

Six Egyptians have been killed in days of clashes ahead of nationwide protests Sunday demanding Morsi's removal.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration is warning Americans against all but essential travel to Egypt and moving to reduce the official U.S. presence in the country amid fears of widespread unrest.

The State Department said Friday that Americans should defer nonessential travel to Egypt, citing the uncertain security situation. It also said it would allow nonessential staff and the families of personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to leave Egypt until conditions improve.

The move doesn't require anyone to depart but encourages them to go by allowing them to do so at government expense. Officials say dependents and nonessential staff could be ordered to leave if the situation deteriorates.

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