02 Feb '11, 3am

Foreigners leave Egypt amid mass protests

LONDON: Foreign governments pulled their nationals from Egypt amid massive anti-government protests shaking the Arab nation as Washington ordered non-essential embassy staff there to leave. In London, Foreign Secretary William Hague announced Britain was sending a chartered aircraft to Cairo on Wednesday to bring back citizens who wished to leave. "I will send further flights if we see a need to do so," Hague told parliament. Hague later said that while there was a sufficient number of commercial flights between Egypt and Britain, he wanted to give the estimated 2,000 British nationals in Cairo every opportunity to leave if they wished. Meanwhile, British tour operators offered a string of promotions on holidays in Egypt's Red Sea resorts which reportedly remain relatively calm and popular with holidaymakers despite unrest elsewhere in the country. But Germany widened its ...

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