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More Egyptians fleeing Libya pushes government to extend flight schedules

A planeload of Egyptians fleeing Libya arrived at Cairo International Airport on Tuesday from Tunisia's Gebes airport

Ahram Online, Tuesday 12 Aug 2014
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Egypt Air flight (Photo: Reuters)
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A planeload of Egyptians fleeing Libya arrived at Cairo International Airport on Tuesday from Tunisia's Gebes airport, Al-Ahram's Arabic news website reported.

After the initial period of flights from Egypt to Tunisia ended, Egypt's Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal decided to extend it to accommodate a recent arrival of 700 Egyptians to Tunisia from Libya.

Two other planes are expected to reach Cairo on Tuesday.

Kamal previously said that 13,026 Egyptians have been brought back home via regular flights from Tunisia while over 50,000 Egyptians – almost 4,000 per day – have arrived at the Salloum border crossing in the last month.

The International Organisation for Migration estimates that between 330,000 to 1.5 million Egyptians worked in Libya until the ongoing unrest that followed the NATO-backed uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 began. The number of Egyptian expats has dwindled since, although it is not clear how many Egyptians remain in the country.

The security situation in Libya has further deteriorated in the last few weeks as rival militias continue to battle for control. Fighting at the capital's international airport has left dozens dead and hundreds wounded.

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