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Australia sends plane to evacuate citizens from Egypt

Arab World Materials 31 January 2011 12:21
Canberra on Monday said it was sending a plane to evacuate Australians stranded in Egypt by violent protests.
Australia sends plane to evacuate citizens from Egypt

Canberra on Monday said it was sending a plane to evacuate Australians stranded in Egypt by violent protests, DPA reported.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the government had chartered a 747 from Qantas Airways that would arrive in Cairo on Wednesday.

"I've determined we'll make available an evacuation flight for Australians from Egypt," she said. "We are saying to Australians to travel out of Egypt."

She said the flight from Cairo to either Frankfurt or London would be free and that passengers could make their own arrangements from there.

"The dangers are there ... that's why we're making these special arrangements," she said. "We'll monitor demand for the assisted evacuation flight. Depending on demand we'll make further flights available."

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