The U.S. Embassy in Cairo is closed to visitors today as police and protesters in the area clash, blocking access to the gate.

In an emergency alert, U.S. citizens in the region were warned to avoid the area.

The embassy also warned of potential violence during a Muslim Brotherhood “march” planned for Saturday:

Looking ahead to the weekend, media reports indicate that the Muslim Brotherhood is calling for a “million man march” on Saturday, December 1 to culminate in Tahrir Square.  While there is no indication that the Embassy is a target of these protests, the Embassy’s proximity to Tahrir Square, as we have seen this week, exposes it to any violence that develops.  The Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid Garden City this weekend.