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Report: more than 160,000 foreigners flee Egypt

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Posted: Feb 4, 2011 1:06 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Egypt, Middle East News Agency, foreigners, mass protests, MENA, Cairo airport, tourists, Red Sea resorts, Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada, Mediterranean, Alexandria, WBRZ

CAIRO - Egypt's official Middle East News Agency says more than 160,000 foreigners have left the country since the start of mass protests demanding the president's ouster.

Airport officials told MENA on Friday that figure only reflected departures through Cairo airport.

It did not include the number of tourists who left from smaller airports at the popular Red Sea
resorts of Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada, or the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria.

Egypt's new vice president had said on state television on Thursday that one million tourists had left the country since the demonstrations began on Jan. 25.

Foreign governments have sent in dozens of charter flights to evacuate their nationals from the country as the protests turned violent.

Others have flown out on commercial flights.

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