Belgium's Jetair to evacuate Egypt tourists

January 30, 2011 15:25

BRUSSELS — Belgium's Jetair tour operator said it will evacuate its remaining tourists from Egypt starting Monday.

The company said in an announcement on its website that two flights bound for Sharm e-Sheikh and Hurghada had departed empty on Sunday in order to bring back those wishing to leave.

Separately, Belgian Foreign Ministry spokesman Patrick Deboeck said it is advising that all travel to Egypt be avoided, replacing a previous advisory that had counseled against unnecessary travel there.

He said European ambassadors in Cairo assessed "the state of play" at a meeting on Sunday and EU nations are not planning evacuations.

He said so far there have been no incidents involving EU citizens in Egypt.

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