The last batch of Egyptian expatriates left Kuwait and returned home, ending an airlift that started earlier this month to repatriate Egyptians.
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Three flights operated by Jazeera Airways brought home 480 Egyptians stuck in Kuwait on Saturday evening.
The passengers were tested for COVID-19 at Cairo International Airport and transported to university dorms where they are being quarantined for 14 days.
On May 5, the Egyptian government initiated an airlift to bring back home around 5,600 citizens who had violated residency rules in Kuwait and applied to return home.
The repatriation plan was set into motion after Kuwaiti police said they had dispersed riots at two centres sheltering illegal Egyptian residents who had registered for repatriation under a pardon plan announced by the Kuwaiti government.
The pardon offers illegal expatriates exemptions from legal punishment and free home return flights, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai reported, citing a security source.