Turkish citizens, arriving on a flight from Cairo, were greeted warmly by relatives at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport.
Nearly 1500 Turks have left Egypt with many witnessing events unfolding on the streets.
As the unrest in Egypt continues, thousands of foreign nationals have been urged to leave the country.
Many of those returning witnessed first hand the anger on the streets.
“Policemen were terrified,” said one man. “They gave up protecting the city and began protecting their own families. There were looters everywhere and inmates had escaped from prison. It was frightening. We asked our government for help and they brought us here.”
The US says it has organised charter flights to nearby Mediterranean countries. Japan and China are also assisting their citizens to leave Egypt.
Jordanians who arrived back in Amman spoke of a security vacuum at Cairo Airport and difficulties leaving.
One passenger said he saw “a lot of Egyptian people, women and men, carrying wood and big knives.”
“They were stopping the vehicles. The Egyptian driver asked us not to talk, so we do not mention that we are Jordanians. We passed, but the situation in the airport is terrible.”
With protests showing no sign of abating many thousands are expected to leave Egypt over the coming days.