Iraq embassy in Cairo urges Iraqis to return home

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 11, 2011 15:56

BAGHDAD — Iraq's government has offered food, financial aid and free flights home to Iraqis who had moved to Egypt to escape civil strife at home, but may now feel threatened by unrest in their host country, officials said Friday.

The Iraqi government has helped some 2,000 Iraqis leave Egypt since the outbreak of a popular uprising against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Jan. 25. Those deciding to stay in Egypt were offered food and financial aid, said Saif Sabah, a spokesman for Iraq's Migration and Displacement Ministry.

While the flights to Iraq are free, the government won't fly Iraqis back to Egypt for free later, Sabah said.


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