Nissan has suspended production at its plant in Egypt to ensure employees' safety after anti government protests, officials said.

The suspension will last at least to the end of Thursday and be extended if the situation deteriorates, the company said, adding that it has directed its four Japanese employees in the country to leave.

Nissan assembles about 10,000 vehicles annually at the factory, including the X-Trail SUV, Sunny car and pickup trucks.

The company reported that there has been no damage so far to plant facilities in Giza, south of Cairo.

Protest against President Hosni Mubarak's three decade rule have shaken Egypt over the past week and several foreign governments have said they would evacuate their nationals.

Toyota Motor, which plans to start assembling 3,000 SUVs annually in Egypt from early next year, said it is halting any business trips to the country until the situation stabilises.

Many South Korean companies, including Samsung, LG and Hyundai Motor, have decided to immediately bring home the families of their workers.

The workers themselves may soon be pulled out if the situation gets any worse, the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency said.

“Most Korean companies in Egypt have given up normal business operations due to the spread of protests, and many of them are withdrawing their workers back to Korea or to a third country,” it said in a press release.

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