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Warnings issued against travel to Madagascar

Britons have been advised not to travel to Madagascar after soldiers reportedly opened fire on anti-government protesters in the capital, killing an unknown number.

The Foreign Office also recommended that all British nationals in the Indian Ocean island remain indoors and respect the curfew, which is from 8pm to 5am.

It said in its travel advice that when demonstrators sought to enter a presidential palace the security forces opened fire and around 30 people are reported dead, with the situation remaining fluid.

The protest was one of a series called by an opposition leader whose challenge to President Ravalomanana sparked violence last month.

Journalists said the protest started at a central square where opposition leader Andry Rajoelina regularly addresses supporters. The demonstrators - numbering in the tens of thousands - then headed toward the presidential palace. Reporters saw protesters falling, though it was unclear whether they were wounded or dead.

The US has also issued warnings against travel to Madagascar.

For up to date travel information see the US Department of State or the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office