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11 Israeli pilots who arrived in Egypt were asked to leave the country after they did not receive entry visas, Kan 11 News reported on Wednesday.

The pilots said they do not have enough fuel to return to Israel, and that the Egyptians are physically "pushing" them towards the planes.

According to the report, the authorities in Egypt are seeking to deport the pilots together with the planes they flew from Egyptian soil, citing "national security matters".

The Foreign Ministry confirmed the report and said in response, "We are handling the issue both at the embassy in Cairo and at the headquarters in Jerusalem so that the pilots can leave Egypt and return to Israel. They flew to Egypt without a visa. This is a mistake on their part and, as a result, they cannot enter the country."