Last updated Wednesday, October 01, 2014 10:10pm

Demonstrators from the Islamic Action Front take part in a rally. – Reuters picDemonstrators from the Islamic Action Front take part in a rally. – Reuters picFRANKFURT, Aug 16— German travel and tourism groups TUI and Thomas Cook said today they are cancelling all holidays to Egypt until mid-September in face of the escalating violence in the country.

“TUI is cancelling all trips to Egypt up until and including September 15 in response to the foreign ministry’s latest assessment of the situation there,” the group said in a statement.

Thomas Cook announced a similar decision, also until September 15.

“Given the current situation in Egypt and the security upgrade by the foreign ministry, Thomas Cook’s German tour operators—Neckermann Reisen, Thomas Cook, Bucher Last Minute and Oger Tours—will not be bringing any new holidaymakers to Egypt and cancel any trips that have already been booked,” the company said in a statement.

Earlier, the foreign ministry has advised against any travel to Egypt “in view of the current situation and the unpredictability of developments”.

In particular, tourists were being urgently told to avoid travelling to Cairo and the main tourist centres in Upper Egypt such as Luxor, Assuan and the Nile Delta, the ministry said.

Tourists already in those areas are being urged to take very special care during their visit and to heed the advice of hotels and tour operators, the ministry added.

Holidaymakers in the Red Sea could remain there, since the situation in those regions was still calm.

Should any Thomas Cook or TUI customers wish to return home early they should contact their tour managers, the companies said.

Both companies said they were monitoring the situation in Egypt very closely and had emergency task forces which are in constant contact with the authorities and tour leaders on site. – AFP