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Four U.S. Military Aircraft Fly 312 Egyptians Home from Tunisia-Libya Border
As part of the United States effort to respond to the evolving humanitarian emergency on the Libya-Tunisia border, the U.S. military has taken action to assist with the return of Egyptian citizens who wish to leave Tunisia and return to their home
DJERBA, Tunisia -- Egyptian nationals who have fled to Tunisia from violence and instability in Libya are transported aboard a U.S. Air Force C-130J from Djerba, Tunisia to Cairo, Egypt, on March 5, 2011. This response to the developing humanitarian crisis is part of a broader U.S. government effort to relieve suffering caused by the crisis the in Libya. (Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Brendan Stephens)
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Photo 1 of 2: DJERBA, Tunisia -- Egyptian nationals who have fled to Tunisia from violence and instability in Libya are transported aboard a U.S. Air Force C-130J from Djerba, Tunisia to Cairo, Egypt, on March 5, 2011. This response to the developing humanitarian crisis is part of a broader U.S. government effort to relieve suffering caused by the crisis the in Libya. (Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Brendan Stephens) Download full-resolution version
CAIRO, Egypt -- U.S. C-130J aircraft carrying Egyptian refugees arrives at Cairo's International Airport on March 5, 2011. This is the first of many scheduled flights from Djerba, Tunisia to Cairo, Egypt. This response to the migration emergency is part of the U.S. forces commitment to providing humanitarian assistance to refugees and displaced victims of the crisis in Libya. (Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Brendan Stephens)
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Photo 2 of 2: CAIRO, Egypt -- U.S. C-130J aircraft carrying Egyptian refugees arrives at Cairo's International Airport on March 5, 2011. This is the first of many scheduled flights from Djerba, Tunisia to Cairo, Egypt. This response to the migration emergency is part of the U.S. forces commitment to providing humanitarian assistance to refugees and displaced victims of the crisis in Libya. (Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Brendan Stephens) Download full-resolution version
DJERBA, Tunisia -- Egyptian nationals who have fled to Tunisia from violence and instability in Libya are transported aboard a U.S. Air Force C-130J from Djerba, Tunisia to Cairo, Egypt, on March 5, 2011. This response to the developing humanitarian crisis is part of a broader U.S. government effort to relieve suffering caused by the crisis the in Libya. (Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Brendan Stephens)
CAIRO, Egypt -- U.S. C-130J aircraft carrying Egyptian refugees arrives at Cairo's International Airport on March 5, 2011. This is the first of many scheduled flights from Djerba, Tunisia to Cairo, Egypt. This response to the migration emergency is part of the U.S. forces commitment to providing humanitarian assistance to refugees and displaced victims of the crisis in Libya. (Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Brendan Stephens)
As part of the United States effort to respond to the evolving humanitarian emergency on the Libya-Tunisia border, the U.S. military has taken action to assist with the return of Egyptian citizens who wish to leave Tunisia and return to their home country.

Two U.S. Marine Corps KC-130 aircraft and two U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft supported the effort by flying the first rotation of U.S. military-supported flights from Tunisia to Egypt. Combined, the four aircraft are transporting 312 Egyptian nationals.
Just after 11 p.m. CET (Central European Time), March 5, 2011, the 132 Egyptians who were traveling on the two U.S. Marine Corps KC-130 aircraft arrived safely in Cairo, Egypt. The two U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft were still enroute.

This was a continuation of the effort that begun the previous day when two U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft delivered to Djerba, Tunisia, humanitarian aid supplies from the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) storage warehouse at Leghorn Army Depot in Pisa, Italy. The OFDA donations included 2,000 blankets, 40 rolls of plastic sheeting, and 9,600 10-liter plastic water containers.

The U.S. military is playing a supporting role in the much larger U.S. government emergency response. These U.S. military aircraft fill a critical niche in being able to provide short-haul passenger transport.

These efforts are being overseen by U.S. Africa Command and began less than twenty-four hours after President Barack Obama announced his approval to use U.S. military aircraft to help transport Egyptians who have fled to the Tunisian border.
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