State Department says more than 2,400 Americans seek flights out

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Posted: Jan 31, 2011 12:58 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: State Department, Americans, evacuation flights, Egypt, U.S. citizens, Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, Aswan, WBRZ

WASHINGTON - The State Department says more than 2,400 Americans have contacted U.S. officials seeking government-chartered evacuation flights from Egypt.

It says more than 220 have already left on the special flights and more are scheduled.

The department said it expects to evacuate about 900 U.S. citizens from Egypt on Monday and another 1,000 on Tuesday as anti-government protests continue to roil the country.

It says those wishing to take the flights from Cairo to Cyprus, Greece or Turkey should prepare for lengthy waits at the airport and that they should bring food, water and other necessities.

It said the majority of U.S. citizens wanting to leave are in Cairo but that others are in the cities of Alexandria, Luxor and Aswan.

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