US Orders Employees Out of Egypt

And expects to evacuate another 1,400 citizens
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2011 11:15 AM CST
An American family, part of around 150 U.S. nationals, arrives at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, from Cairo, Egypt, early Tuesday, Feb.1, 2011.   (AP Photo/Ibrahim Usta)
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(Newser) – The US has ordered all of its non-essential State Department personnel to leave Egypt "in light of recent events," the department tells the AP. Last week, the department offered to extract such personnel free of charge, but now that suggestion has become an outright command. The US has also continued to fly out American citizens. So far, it’s evacuated 1,200, and it’s expected to pull out another 1,400 more in the days ahead.

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