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611 Thai’s are due to arrive back in Thailand today from Egypt with the help of chartered Air Force flights.
Sihasak Phuangketkawe, the Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary, has indicated that 704 Thai’s in Egypt wish to leave the country and return home to Thailand. 661 of them will arrive home today on board four aircraft. Two Boeing 737’s, that can carry 290 passengers each and two Boeing 747’s that can handle 325 passengers each. The remaining 46 passengers will travel on board the Royal Air Force’s C230 tactical airlifter. The 43 Thai’s that remain in the country will return back to Thailand via commercial aircraft organized by the Thai embassy in Egypt.
The Ministry of Public Health will arrange to dispatch a number of doctors and nurses with an Air Forces C130 on Sunday evening, and will also ready a number of medical personnel at Don Mueang airport to take care of any returning passengers that require medical attention.
On August 16th The Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked that Thai’s postpone any plans to visit Egypt during the wake of the worst day of civil violence in Egypt’s modern history.
Manassawi Sisodaphon said that the Thai embassy in Cairo was requesting that Thai students should remain indoors and avoid all protest venues.
According to Egypt’s health ministry 578 people were killed and thousands more were wounded when security forces moved in to clear two camps of those protesting the military’s removal of President Mohamed Morsi.
On Sunday 36 Islamist prisoners were killed in an attempted jailbreak. There were conflicting reports on how the deaths occurred but the Egyptian interior ministry said that the prisoners had taken a guard hostage and died after suffocating on tear gas that was used to stop their escape. The prisoners were being transferred to the Abu Zaabal prison outside Cairo when the incident occurred.