First British tourists prepare to be flown out of Sharm el Sheikh Friday

The first of the 20,000 British tourists stranded in Sharm el-Sheikh by the suspension of flights over security concerns are preparing to be evacuated later Friday – albeit only with their hand luggage.The British government suspended flights to and from the Egyptian Red Sea resort Wednesday after saying that an explosion likely downed the Russian airliner last Saturday over Sinai, killing all 224 people aboard.

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