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Stranded Britons in Sharm el-Sheikh to be back by weekend

By Neil Lancefield

All Britons stranded in Sharm el-Sheikh following a plane crash 11 days ago should be home by the end of this week, the Foreign Secretary has said.

Thousands of holidaymakers remain in the popular Egyptian resort, held up after the decision to suspend routine air links and increase security measures in the wake of the crash that killed all 224 people on board.

A total of 2,301 passengers returned to the UK on Monday on 11 flights from the resort.

Asked during a press conference in Washington DC about the delays for Britons trying to get back to the UK compared with other countries, Philip Hammond said the Government had insisted on "significant increased security requirements" to ensure the passengers' safety.

He said: "That has caused some delays and sort of back-ups in what is quite a small airport operating quite close to capacity.

"There have been more Russian flights going out than flights to the UK. Russia has far more people in the resort than the UK does and the Russians, as far as I'm aware, have not insisted on additional security measures."

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