CAIRO — The US Embassy in Cairo said it was arranging to begin flying Americans out of Egypt on Monday.

The announcement Sunday evening came hours after the embassy advised US citizens in Egypt to consider leaving as soon as possible. The statement said the State Department was making arrangements to provide those who want to leave with flights to “safehaven locations in Europe.”

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The move reflects mounting concerns in Egypt after nearly a week of mass protests and demonstrations against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Adding to the climate of uncertainty were roaming bands of armed thugs and widespread looting.