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IU Urging Students To Leave Egypt

Last updated on Friday, November 25, 2011

(BLOOMINGTON) - With an Indiana University student arrested in Egypt now free and preparing to come home, the university is urging two other IU students in Cairo to follow suit.

The university says it fears for the students' safety because of the renewed unrest in Egypt.

Spokesman Mark Land says the university is in close contact with the students and their families, but neither has made a decision whether to stay or go. Land says IU has assured the students they'll lose no academic credit if they terminate their semester abroad at the American University in Cairo ahead of schedule.

Junior Luke Gates will be returning home as soon as Egyptian authorities finish processing his paperwork, a process land says may take a few days because of an Egyptian holiday.

Gates was arrested Sunday along with two students from Georgetown and Drexel. Egyptian authorities accused them of throwing molotov cocktails during street protests. An Egyptian court freed the three students early Thursday.

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