More than 2,400 Americans seek Egypt evacuation

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 31, 2011 18:51

 
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WASHINGTON — The US State Department said more than 2,400 Americans have contacted US officials seeking government-chartered evacuation flights from Egypt. It said more than 220 have already left on the special flights and more are scheduled.

The department said it expects to evacuate about 900 US citizens from Egypt on Monday and another 1,000 on Tuesday as anti-government protests continue to roil the country. It says those wishing to take the flights from Cairo to Cyprus, Greece or Turkey should prepare for lengthy waits at the airport and that they should bring food, water and other necessities.

It said the majority of US citizens wanting to leave are in Cairo but that others are in the cities of Alexandria, Luxor and Aswan.

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