CAIRO: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab ordered Minister of Aviation Hossam Kamal to continue airlifting Egyptians who recently fled Libya to Tunisia, to bring them back to Egypt, Youm7 reported Monday.
Kamal ordered three new flights to evacuate the rest of the Egyptians, 700 nationals, from west Libya through Tunisian airports.
“The first flight will take off at 6:30 a.m.,” announced Kamal who added that “a total of 12,241 Egyptians were airlifted to Egypt from Qabes and Jerba Tunisian airports after 47 flights carried them home.”
The airlift operation set to evacuate Egyptians from Libya through Tunisian airports had ended on Sunday, after 47 flights carried Egyptians home.
Since the beginning of the escalating clashes in Libya, Egypt established an air bridge in cooperation with the Tunisian authority to allow Egyptians there to return to their home country for free.
A group of Egyptians attempted to storm across the border with Libya Aug. 1 after a long wait at the Ras Jdir crossing, but Tunisian guards shot into the air and fired tear gas bombs to stop them, reported Reuters.