Plane carrying Britons from Egypt arrives in London

4th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

A plane carrying 161 British tourists back from Cairo landed at London's Gatwick airport Thursday as violent protests raged on in the Egyptian capital.

The Boeing 757 jet, chartered by the British government, arrived at the airport to the south of London at 2200 GMT after a five-hour flight.

Passenger Shukria Ahmed-Nur, 16, described conditions on the riot-ravaged streets as "really scary."

"There were men with samurai swords, machetes and other weapons," she said. "They were outside our apartments, walking up and down the stairs, which was really scary.

"I was frightened because it was just me and my two brothers, we were just hoping we would get out alive. I feel ecstatic to be here," she added.

Britain announced earlier Thursday that it would send a second plane to Cairo on Saturday to bring back any more nationals who want to leave amid growing violence in protests against President Hosni Mubarak's rule.

A statement said: "Given the continuing fluidity and unpredictability of the situation in Egypt, the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) has decided to charter a second plane for British Nationals.

"The plane will depart from Cairo on Saturday, and will supplement existing commercial services. We will provide further such flights as necessary."

A spokesman said passengers would be asked to pay roughly 300 pounds (500 dollars, 350 euros) each, the same amount that passengers on the first flight were asked to pay.

Britain advises all British nationals to leave Cairo "unless they have a pressing reason to stay", the statement said.

Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday there were around 3,000 British nationals remaining in Cairo.

© 2011 AFP

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