A group of students from California universities who were studying in Cairo have boarded a flight to Paris after they were evacuated from the city late Wednesday following the military takeover, according to a UC Davis News and Information update.
Nine students and their program leader's son are headed to Paris, and one student chose to fly to Istanbul, where his parents have confirmed his safe arrival.
Program leader Noha Radwan, a native of Cairo, saw the students off at the airport, but she chose to stay in the city.
The group included eight UC Davis students, one student from UC Berkeley and one student from UC Santa Cruz. Radwan is an instructor of UC Davis' Department of Comparative Literature.
They arrived in Cairo on June 18 to study the works of Egyptian authors and filmmakers, but they were evacuated before the scheduled July 16 departure date, UC Davis officials said.
Zachary Frieders, associate director of the Education Abroad Center at UC Davis, said Wednesday that the group's emergency contacts are being kept informed on the situation.
"Our primary concern is the safety of students and ensuring safe passage out of the country," Frieders said.
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