One-Way Ticket from Egypt

The US and other countries charter dozens of planes for a mass exodus from Egypt, where tense quiet reins while a “million-man” rally is planned.

Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu , | updated: 10:49 AM

Cairo airport
Cairo airport
Israel news photo: Wikimedia Commons

The United States and other countries are chartering dozens of planes for a mass exodus from Egypt, where a tense quiet reins while a “million-man” rally is planned for Tuesday along with a general strike. More than 250,000 protesters have gathered in Cairo's Tahir Square for Monday afternoon.

Approximately 90,000 American citizens live, work and study in Egypt, including 1,000 government workers at the embassy in Cairo and their families. The first of the flights arrived in Cyprus on Monday. Canada is preparing to evacuate 6,000 citizens Monday, and Australia will follow suit on Wednesday.

China is sending a plane to carry more than 500 Chinese citizens from Cairo’s airport, and Turkey, India and other Asian nations also have set up special flights.

As opponents to the Mubarak regime prepare for Tuesday’s massive demonstration, U.S. President Barack Obama called for an "orderly transition" to an Egyptian government that will be more responsive to the public, and European leaders urged free elections.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has ruled Egypt with an iron hand for 30 years, and previous elections have been disputed for not allowing free participation. The outlawed Muslim Brotherhood won 20 percent of the previous vote. The radical group has backed former United Nations IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) head Mohammed ElBaradei as a replacement for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Gamal Mubarak, who was thought to be the successor to his ailing father, has fled to London, and dozens of Egypt’s wealthier families earlier this week took private jets to various European locations.

Monday’s seventh day of protests was marked by calm, with the military replacing police in major cities. Police have rounded up hundreds of prisoners who escaped or were set free by authorities to help violently suppress protests the past several days.

More than 100 people -- one estimate is 138 --  have been killed since the rallies began last Tuesday, and thousands of others have suffered injuries from club-wielding riot police and live fire.