Russia urges tourists to leave Egypt

09:59, February 06, 2011      

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Russian tourists in Egypt should leave the country and return home by charter flight, Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

"Russian Foreign Ministry reiterates its recommendation for Russian tourists who are in Egypt, to return home by charter flights of Russian airlines," the ministry said in a statement.

The Foreign Ministry has sent diplomats to the resort cities of Sharm El Sheikh and Hurgada to offer assistance as Egypt's unprecedented wave of anti-government protests continued.

The minstry said that more than 20,000 Russians had left Egypt by the end of January. About 28,000 Russian tourists are still stranded, most of them in the popular Red Sea resorts of Hurgada and Sharm El Sheikh.

The Russian Federal Aviation Agency on Friday said several airlines were going to make 50 charter flights for evacuations but only a few tourists agreed to cut their vacations short and fly back.

Egypt has been plunged into chaos after nationwide protests against President Hosni Mubarak entered its straight 12th day. Nearly twenty people were believed killed and as many as 5000 wounded.

Inspired by the protests in Tunisia, thousands of Egyptians started taking to the streets on Jan. 25. Until now, thousands of protestors refused to go home and chose to camp out in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo to insist their demand for Mubarak to step down.

Source: Xinhua
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