The United States embassy has warned its citizens who currently reside in Egypt to be on alert from the possibility of confrontations in marches planned on Tuesday by Mohamed Morsi protesters toward foreign embassies.

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In an emergency message published on its website, the embassy said that traffic movement is likely to be impacted significantly by the protests and that it would be closed to the public at two in the afternoon.

The embassy asked its citizens to avoid areas where large gatherings may occur as a general practice for their safety, as peaceful events or demonstrations may escalate into violence and turn confrontational.

It also urged them to monitor local news reports and to plan their activities accordingly.

The embassy also called on U.S. citizens to review their personal security plans and remain alert to their surroundings at all times in Egypt.

UNICEF worried Egypt children exploited in political crisis caused by ouster of Mohamed Morsi

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has expressed concerns that children in Egypt have been involved in violence that erupted following the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

In a press release on Tuesday, UNICEF’s Representative Philippe Duamelle said that the NGO is deeply concerned with “reports that children have been killed or injured during the violent confrontations in Egypt over recent days.”

“Disturbing images of children taken during street protests indicate that, on some occasions, children have been deliberately used and put at risk as potential witnesses to or victims of violence,” Duamelle said.

He insisted that being exposed to these experiences “can have a long-lasting and devastating physical and psychological impact on children.”

Duamelle urged “all Egyptians and political groups not to exploit children for political ends, and to protect them from any potential harm.”

Violent confrontations have been taking place across the country since Egypt’s army ousted democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi in response to mass demonstrations.

Images of children carrying their coffins at supporters of Mohamed Morsi demonstrations have been circulating social media outlets in Egypt, raising concerns and eyebrows.

ElBaradei and EU’s Ashton say violence must end brought about ousted Mohamed Morsi

In an aired conference on Tuesday, European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton and Egypt’s vice president for foreign affairs Mohamed ElBaradei said that stopping violence is their priority and urged inclusiveness in the ouster of Mohamed Morsi.

“The leaders of this country must make the right decisions to move forward,” Ashton said.

ElBaradei insisted that violence does not heal wounds and that all of Egypt’s factions must come together to write a constitution together and form a new parliament.

He added that Salafis (ultraconservatives) and even members of the Muslim Brotherhood, which propelled ousted President Mohamed Morsi to power, must join the process.

Mohamed Morsi’s Brotherhood’s Erian calls for restoring constitution

Senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam al-Erian said on Tuesday that the Egyptian will should be prioritized through free elections, deeming it as the way out of the current crisis.

“The solution lies in upholding the independence of national will,” Erian wrote on his Facebook page.

The deputy head of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party called for restoring the constitution that was suspended by an army declaration on June 3 and running free parliamentary elections.

One conscript killed, 10 injured in Sinai attack in more post Mohamed Morsi terrorism

One conscript was killed and ten were injured in attacks by gunmen on checkpoints in North Sinai on Tuesday, Egypt’s interior ministry said in a statement on its official Facebook page.

Conscript Ahmed al-Sayed died immediately after receiving a bullet to the head and another to the back, the statement said, adding that ten other people were wounded in the gunmen’s attack.

Egypt has stepped up security in the area in efforts to capture the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

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