Malaysia to evacuate thousands from Egypt

Malaysia will deploy three military aircraft to evacuate thousands of its nationals from Egypt.

Last Updated: Feb 02, 2011, 16:13 PM IST

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia will deploy three
military aircraft today to evacuate thousands of its nationals
from Egypt, a top official said amid chaotic protests to oust
President Hosni Mubarak.

Defence forces chief Azizan Ariffin said the aircraft
would fly to Cairo to airlift Malaysians to Jeddah in
neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

"It will be a 24-hour non-stop operation to evacuate
about 14,000 Malaysians there," the official Bernama news
agency quoted him as saying.

Deputy Foreign Minister A Kohilan Pillay, who is
currently in Cairo and heading the evacuation mission, told
a news agency the three C-130 transport aircraft would arrive in Cairo
late today.

He added that national carrier Malaysia Airlines and
budget airline AirAsia would also begin evacuation flights
today to help Malaysians.

"The demonstrations is going on. But our students are
safe. We have assembly points to transport our students to two
airports" -- Cairo and Alexandria -- he said.

PTI