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US set to fly thousands of Americans from Egypt

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Posted: Jan 30, 2011 3:34 PM
Source: Associated Press

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WASHINGTON- The State Department says there are thousands of U.S. citizens in Egypt who might need to be evacuated on U.S.-government arranged chartered planes.

Assistant Secretary of States Janice Jacobs says she expects it will take several flights over the coming days to handle the number of Americans who want to leave Egypt.

The charters will begin Monday from Cairo and will go to Europe. Jacobs says the U.S. is looking at Athens, Greece; Istanbul, Turkey; and Nicosia, Cyprus as destinations.

Jacobs, who's in charge of consular affairs, says the U.S. will have enough flights to take out all American citizens and dependents who want to leave. She says Americans with tickets on commercial airlines should contact those carriers about getting out.

Americans taking the charter will be billed for the cost of the flight and will need to make their own travel arrangements after arriving in Europe.

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