01/27/2013 02:08 EST | Updated 03/29/2013 05:12 EDT

Ottawa Urges Canadians In Egypt To Exercise A 'High Degree Of Caution'

Egyptians chant slogans during a mass funeral in Port Said, Egypt, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. Tens of thousands of mourners poured into the streets of the restive Egyptian city of Port Said on Sunday for a funeral for most of the 37 people killed in rioting a day earlier, chanting slogans against Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. (AP Photo)
OTTAWA - The federal government has closed its embassy in Cairo for the day and is warning Canadians in Egypt to "exercise a high degree of caution."

Ottawa is citing demonstrations across Egypt and what it calls an "unpredictable security situation."

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has declared a 30-day state of emergency and night curfew in three provinces hit hardest by the wave of violence that has left more than 50 dead since Friday.

Riots are being attributed mainly to politicized Egyptian soccer fans, known as Ultras, who have been battling with police.

Those same soccer fans helped fuel protests against the military leadership that ruled Egypt between the fall of former strongman president Hosni Mubarak and the election last June of Morsi — the country's first freely elected leader.

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