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From the Daily Press Briefing of February 2, 2011
MR. CROWLEY: Turning to Egypt, first just to update you on the current progress with the ordered evacuation of U.S. Government personnel and American citizens, today we had two flights. One went to Frankfurt. The other one first went to Luxor, where it added some passengers, and then on to Athens. Roughly 200 Americans flew out today. That leaves us with about 1,800 that we’ve moved over the past – or since Monday. And we will continue to assess the need for – we’ll have flights tomorrow and we’ll continue to assess the need for charter flights on Friday.
But at this point in time, certainly the – I mean, we do understand that many Americans have left Egypt through available commercial means. But certainly, the demand for seats to leave Egypt has subsided.
QUESTION: So the 200, does that include the officials who are part of the ordered departure?
MR. CROWLEY: Yes.
QUESTION: It does?
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