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Thursday
Feb032011

US Urges Americans Wishing to Leave Egypt to Go to Airport ASAP

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. State Department is calling for U.S. citizens wishing to leave the protest-filled streets of Egypt to report to airports immediately as a fourth day of evacuations gets underway Thursday.

The State Department tweeted Thursday, "U.S. citizens WISHING to depart #Egypt on USG flight should proceed to airport asap AFTER the morning end of curfew."

The agency told ABC News it will continue to organize charter flights as long as there is a demand.  It had previously tweeted that "additional U.S. government flights after Thursday are unlikely," but that message came before the full extent of the violent clashes in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Wednesday came to full light.  Only about 200 people -- a little more than one full flight -- left the country on Wednesday.

Since Monday, when evacuations began, over 1,900 Americans have left Egypt.  An estimated 50,000 Americans are registered with the U.S. Embassy as being in Egypt.

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