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Slovaks leave strife-torn Egypt

SLOVAK travel agency Kartágo Tours, which specialises in holiday trips to Egypt, cancelled two planned excursions and will relocate all Slovak tourists from Egypt by February 5, the SITA newswire reported. The move came following days of increasingly violent civil unrest centred on the the capital, Cairo.

SLOVAK travel agency Kartágo Tours, which specialises in holiday trips to Egypt, cancelled two planned excursions and will relocate all Slovak tourists from Egypt by February 5, the SITA newswire reported. The move came following days of increasingly violent civil unrest centred on the the capital, Cairo.

On February 1, Kartágo Tours reported having 60 to 70 Slovak tourists in Egypt. The Slovak Foreign Ministry reported that it counted about 100 tourists altogether in Egypt in early February, plus approximately 100 Slovak citizens living in the country.

“Most of them are in Cairo and according to the Slovak representation in Cairo some 30 citizens were interested in assistance to leave the country,” Ľuboš Schwarzbacher, the ministry’s spokesperson, told SITA, adding that the ministry had no information that any Slovak citizen had been injured in the anti-government demonstrations.

The Slovak government agreed on February 2 to send a government plane to Egypt to bring Slovaks home. The plane flew 45 passengers to Slovakia on February 3 from Cairo and Hurghada: 36 Slovaks, seven Czechs, one Pole and one Hungarian.


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