Azerbaijan evacuates its citizens from Egypt (UPDATE)
Editir`s note: information added after second paragraph (first version posted at 02:12)
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.30 /Trend, S.Agayeva/
Azerbaijan is evacuating its citizens from Egypt.
Due to the order of the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on Sunday night a plane destined to evacuate citizens temporarily residing and studying in Egypt will fly to Egypt, Foreign Ministry spokesman Elkhan Polukhov said to Trend on Sunday.
Azerbaijani citizens temporarily residing and studying in Egypt, as well as embassy staff and their families will be sent home as soon as possible, said Polukhov.
Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry asks its citizens, who are currently in Egypt, immediately contact the Azerbaijani embassy`s "hotline" in Cairo via the following numbers:00201 69 14 2848 and 00201 08 15 8628.
Roughly 70 Azerbaijani citizens live and study in Egypt now.
Popular protests continued in all major cities of Egypt despite the statement voiced by President Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian leader said that he supports the free will of the people and the right to demonstrate. However, he noted that in some cases the demonstrators passed the legal boundaries.
The manifestations with the requirements of conducting economic and political reforms and the resignation of 82-year old President Hosni Mubarak, ruling the country for 30 years, were launched in Egypt on January 25. On Friday, the mass protests continued in Cairo and other Egyptian cities. Roughly 24 people died, more than 1,100 injured.