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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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Suspended flights 'could cost Egypt £180m a month'

Sharm el-Sheikh, a former fishing village, was established to encourage more tourism after the 1997 terrorist attacks in Luxor. Credit: Reuters

Egypt could lose around £180 million a month through lost income because of Britain and Russia's decision to suspend flights to the country, tourism minister Hesham Zaazou warned on Wednesday.

Britain and Russia halted flights to Sharm el-Sheikh amid fears that the jet which crashed shortly after taking off from the the Red Sea resort's airport on October 31 was brought down by a bomb.

A huge operation has been underway to fly holidaymakers home since the disaster, with more than 9,600 returning to Britain by Tuesday night.

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