Families of Israeli diplomats evacuated from Egypt

Last Updated: Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 08:50

Jerusalem: The family members of Israeli diplomats stationed in Egypt and some 40 other citizens were evacuated from Cairo on a special flight on Saturday, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"A flight dispatched by the Foreign Ministry landed a short while ago at Ben Gurion Airport, carrying on board family members, spouses and children, of Israeli envoys in Egypt.”

"Also on the flight were approximately 40 Israeli citizens who were staying in Cairo on private business and wished to return," the statement said.

The Foreign Ministry said there were no plans to remove diplomats stationed in Egypt. Previous reports that the embassy had been shut down were denied, with a spokesman saying the offices were closed for the weekend.

News of the families` evacuation had not been made public in Israel until the airliner had landed safely.

Bureau Report



First Published: Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 08:50

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