Russia orders tourists home from Egypt

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Russia's federal tourism body called on the 28,000 Russians currently holidaying in Egypt to come home because of the risks from the Egyptian uprising Saturday.

"Given the worsening of the domestic political situation in Egypt, which is accompanied by acts of violence in the cities, we draw the attention of all Russian tourists that they must return home," Rostourism said in a statement on its website.

Egypt is a favourite holiday destination for Russians, most of whom flock to the Red Sea resorts of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, where the situation has been relatively calm.

The Russian foreign ministry backed Rostourism Saturday, advising citizens to take scheduled as well as charter flights to leave Egypt. Russian consular officials would be at Cairo airport around the clock to give assistance if necessary, it added.

© 2011 AFP

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