Egyptian refugees arrive home from Libya

AFP , Monday 7 Mar 2011

The first of four US military planes carrying around 300 Egyptian refugees from Libya landed in Cairo Sunday

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A plane takes off over Egyptians who fled the violence and unrest in Libya, lining up to board their plane to return home, at the Djerba airport (Reuters)

A US military C-130 transport plane landed 82 passengers at Cairo Airport shortly after 3:00pm local time, US Embassy spokeswoman Elizabeth Colton told AFP.

Two more planes were expected to land later in the afternoon and a fourth was preparing to leave Djerba Airport in Tunisia, part of an international effort to deliver home refugees from unrest in Libya.

The same operation repatriated 312 Egyptians overnight.

European countries and the United States began Thursday airlifting more than 40,000 Egyptians who fled Libya for Tunisia, hoping to avoid chaos and epidemics spreading at makeshift camps on the Tunisian-Libyan border.

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