453 Egyptians reached Poland from Ukraine; expats repatriated from Hungary: Foreign ministry

Ahram Online , Wednesday 2 Mar 2022

A total of 453 Egyptians citizens have arrived in Poland from Ukraine since the Russian invasion started late last week, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday.

Egyptian Ambassador to Warsaw Hatem Tag El-Din and students arriving in Poland from Ukraine pose for photographs. Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Also, the Egyptian embassy in Warsaw is following up on the procedures for the travel of an additional 81 Egyptians to the Polish capital, the ministry added.

A group of Egyptian citizens, including students, has returned to Cairo from Hungary, the ministry said, without providing exact numbers.

With Russia continuing its full-scale invasion of its western neighbour for the seventh day on Wednesday, more than 874,000 people have fled Ukraine, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Before the Russian invasion of Ukraine started on Thursday, around 6,000 Egyptians lived in Ukraine, including 3,000 students studying at Ukraine’s universities, especially in medicine.

The Egyptian authorities have been urging expats in western Ukrainian cities to head to the borders of Romania, Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary to be repatriated to Egypt.

However, authorities have warned Egyptians in the eastern cities and the capital Kyiv – where heavy fighting is taking place – against leaving their homes or shelters until the situation becomes more stable.

On Tuesday evening, an Air Cairo flight arrived in Egypt from Bucharest carrying 175 Egyptian students who fled from Ukraine into Romania.

Egypt’s embassies in Ukraine’s neighbouring countries are working to provide all forms of support to the Egyptian expats who fled to these countries from Ukraine, the foreign ministry said today. This includes securing transportation from the border crossing points to the capitals, the ministry said in a statement.

The embassies have also secured temporary housing for citizens in hotels and other places of residence in each of Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland, according to the ministry.

In Budapest, Hungary, Egypt’s embassy has coordinated with EgyptAir to repatriate Egyptian nationals.

Egypt’s Ambassador to Slovakia Bassem Khalil is following up on the influx of Egyptian citizens who crossed the Ukraine-Slovakia border and are on their way to the capital, Bratislava. This is in addition to providing transportation from crossing points to the Slovakian capital and securing temporary residence for them.

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, neighbouring European countries have received hundreds of thousands of refugees, with many thousands more expected in the coming days.

On Wednesday, the Kremlin said it is open for new peace talks with Ukraine, a day after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia must stop bombing before talks can take place.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned on Wednesday against possible eruption of a World War III, threatening that it would be “nuclear and destructive,” according to the Russian state-owned RIA news agency.

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