published Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

US orders evacuation of non-emergency US government personnel from Egypt

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    People evacuated from Egypt pick up their luggage from outside Larnaca airport terminal, Cyprus, Monday, Jan. 31, 2011. They were among 42 people evacuated from Cairo aboard a U.S. military plane. Most of the 42 were U.S. citizens working at embassies including South Africa, Uganda, Ghana, Ukraine and Russia, but several were third country nationals - also employees at U.S. embassies - who were in Cairo for a conference. (AP Photo/Philippos Christou)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says it has ordered all non-emergency U.S. government personnel and their families to leave Egypt.

The Department said Tuesday that it will continue to assist American citizens seeking to leave the country that has been plagued by unrest.

The Cairo airport is open and operating but the department warned that flights may be disrupted due to protests against the Egyptian government.

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