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Nearly 10,000 Brits flown home from Sharm el-Sheikh

Nearly 10,000 people have been flown back to the UK from Sharm el-Sheikh following the Russian jet crash.

The Department for Transport said more than 9,600 had been brought home since Friday.

Around 20,000 Britons were at the Egyptian resort when flights were suspended over security fears.

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'Hugely complex' operation to get Brits home from Sharm

The operation to return British tourists stranded in Sharm el-Sheikh is "hugely complex" due to the huge number of people there, security officials have said.

Passengers queue to return home from Sharm airport Credit: Reuters

The Foreign Office estimates some 22,000 Brits were in the Egyptian holiday resort when the government suspended flights amid fears terrorists may have been behind the downing of a Russian passenger jets.

A COBRA meeting this afternoon was given an update on progress made bringing Brits home from Sharm, a Downing Street spokeswoman revealed.

This is a hugely complex operation. We continue to work closely with both the Egyptian authorities and the airline carriers to get people safely home as quickly as possible. But the sheer scale of the task poses a number of logistical complexities.

Our first priority remains the safety and well-being of British travellers. We are doing all we can to speed up their return and communicate developments clearly as they happen.

– Downing Street spokeswoman

She urged passengers not to travel to Sharm airport until they had definite confirmation from their airline that they would be able to fly.

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