DETROIT (WXYZ) - General Motors has closed offices in Egypt and halted vehicle production in the country due to concerns over worker safety.
The Detroit-based automaker issued a statement Thursday saying, "We made the decision to close our Cairo office and halt production operations in our plant in 6th October City."
The statement went on to explain, "The safety and security of our employees is of paramount importance to us. We will continue to monitor the situation closely."
According to the Associated Press, more than 500 people died Wednesday in clashes between police and supporters of the ousted Islamist president of Egypt.
GM says the company employs more than 1,400 Egyptians. Factories in the country produce "light duty trucks, passenger cars and minibuses," a company statement said.