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5/9/2010 Crowds & Congestion around Tripoli tonight

5/9/2010 Crowds & Congestion around Tripoli tonight

U.S. Embassy Warden Message

May 9, 2010

Crowds and Congestion Around Tripoli Tonight May, 9

This warden message is to advise American citizens to avoid crowds and normally congested areas around Tripoli, this evening (Sunday, May 9, 2010).

Around 7 pm tonight, May 9, one of the main Libyan soccer teams will play a leading Egyptian team in Cairo in a decisive championship match.  In the past, soccer matches have created traffic disruptions and caused demonstrations by fans which at times have turned dangerous for passersby and motorists.  The Embassy advises all American citizens to avoid crowded areas throughout the evening of Sunday, May 9.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy is located in the Ben Ashour neighborhood on Jeraba Street behind the former Libyan-Swiss Clinic. Our phone numbers are 021-337-3100 during business hours or 091-366-2696 (after-hours number for emergencies involving American citizens only).

Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy's website and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs' website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found.  The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review "A Safe Trip Abroad," which includes valuable security information for those both residing and traveling abroad.  U.S. citizens may also call the Office of Overseas Citizens Services in the United States for the latest travel information.  The Office of Overseas Citizens Services can be reached from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday, by calling 1-888-407-4747 from within the United States and Canada, or by calling (202) 501-4444 from other countries.