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Canadian government to fly nationals out of Egypt

01-31-2011 10:16 BJT

OTTAWA, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) - Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon announced Sunday night that the Canadian government is organizing charter flights for its citizens in Egypt, where large-scale riots in major cities entered the sixth day.

Cannon said at a news conference that the flights will begin on Monday and Canadians will be airlifted to countries in Europe, where they can make their own travel arrangements home.

"We don't want to put Canadians in a precarious situation," Cannon said. "The situation seems to be deteriorating."

The Canadian government estimates there are 5,500 to 6,000 Canadian citizens in Egypt. Earlier in the day, the Canadian government warned Canadians to leave Egypt if their presence is not necessary in the country.

They were also advised to "carefully evaluate" their security, stay away from street demonstrations and keep a supply of food on hand.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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