Up to 20,000 Britons stranded in Sharm el-Sheikh by cancelled flights

Britain has canceled flights indefinitely to and from Sharm el-Sheikh due to security concerns after the downing of the Russian airliner Saturday, leaving 20,000 British holidaymakers stranded there. Downing Street has cited an explosive device as the possible cause of the Russian jet’s crash over Sinai killing all 224 people aboard. PM David Cameron has called a second Cobra (emergency cabinet) meeting for Thursday morning to review the situation ahead of his lunch date with visiting Egyptian president Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says that plans are in place to evacuate the tourists.

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