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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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Only 8 of 20 plus British-bound flights will set off today

Some of the flights due to bring Brits hone have now been cancelled. Credit: Reuters

Only eight of the 20 or more flights due to bring stranded Brits home from Sharm el-Sheikh will fly today, officials said.

Egypt's civil aviation minister blamed the disruption on luggage left behind by British passengers, who have been told they cannot take suitcases in the holds of planes.

Hossam Kamal's announcement is a further setback for the UK Government's hopes of clearing a backlog of holidaymakers stranded in the Red Sea resort since Wednesday by the end of the day.

In a statement, Mr Kamal said Sharm el-Sheikh airport was not able to hold more than 120 tons of luggage left behind by tourists to be flown separately to the UK by cargo plane.

"This big volume will affect the smooth operation of the rest of the domestic and international flights," he said.

"Egypt fully co-operates with the British side in the light of the resources of the airport and in accordance with international security regulations."

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