Russian students' deportation from Egypt delayed by missed flight

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Four Russian students were deported from Egypt on Thursday, but two others had some extra time in the country after missing the flight, a Russian Embassy official said.

CAIRO, June 18 (RIA Novosti) - Four Russian students were deported from Egypt on Thursday, but two others had some extra time in the country after missing the flight, a Russian Embassy official said.

He said four of them have left Egypt at about noon local time.

A spokesman for the Russian diplomatic mission said the two others did not make it on time because the local driver taking them from jail to the airport lost his way, causing the students to miss check-in.

The spokesman added that they would take the next available flight to Moscow.

The six were detained early on May 27, when Egyptian authorities held a string of raids on apartments rented by foreign students in Cairo. About 200 students from different countries were arrested, including 34 from Russia, mainly from the North Caucasus.

Most of the detainees were released, but many received deportation orders for violating visa regulations. Eight of the 14 Russians to be deported flew out of the country on June 9.

Although there was no official statement on the detentions, local media linked the actions by Egyptian security agencies with U.S. President Barack Obama's June 4 visit to Cairo, saying security measures were tightened in the days leading up to his arrival.

 

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