CAIRO: The first two of four US military flights carrying a total of 312 Egyptian refugees home from Libya arrived in Cairo early Sunday, a US official said.
The military planes had taken off earlier from Djerba airport in Tunisia as part of an international effort to deliver refugees from unrest in Libya.
“The Egyptian government is prepared to receive all the passengers arriving tonight on the four military aircraft in Cairo,” a US official told AFP.
However it was unclear whether the returning nationals would have to spend the night at Cairo airport because of the midnight-to-dawn curfew in the capital in force since the popular revolt which unseated veteran president Hosni Mubarak.
The first flight had 67 passengers, the second had 65 while the remaining two planes still in the air were carrying 90 each, the official said.