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British tourists were left stranded on an easyJet flight on Thursday as the protests against President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement continued to grow over the weekend.

Hundreds of thousands of people descended on Cairo’s Tahrir Square to call for the President’s resignation on Sunday night, the largest demonstration since 2011.

Across the country, millions of protesters believe Mr. Morsi, the country’s first Islamist president, is responsible for the sinking economy and a host of security problems since he came to power on 30 June 2012.

The protests were mainly peaceful, but at least one person was killed when protesters started hurling petrol bombs and firing shotguns at the Brotherhood’s headquarters.

According to the BBC, 253 people were injured during Sunday’s protests across Cairo and other provincial towns. Reuters reports that five people were shot dead in Assuit, Beni Suef and Fayoum.

Thousands of Mr Morsi supporters rallied in Nasr City, a suburb of Cairo, although

The BBC reports that Presidential spokesman Ihab Fahmi called on all Egyptians to “unite and listen to the sound of wisdom.”

He said “Political diversity necessitates on all parties to abide by the democratic process”, in reference to Mr Morsi’s victory.

The protests come after Britons were left stranded on an easyJet flight in Egypt on Thursday.

The flight, from Sharm El Sheikh to London Gatwick, was scheduled to leave at 5pm. The delays meant that the 164 passengers were forced to stay on board for five hours in temperatures of 30°C.

Amongst the passengers were pregnant women, babies and pensioners.

Luke Gayle, 20, from Croydon told the Evening Standard “It was a disgrace. People were crying and understandably losing their tempers while we were stuck on the tarmac.”

“A woman six months pregnant lay across three seats. It was roasting hot and there was no food.”

“No one was allowed free phone calls to alert their families, which I gather is easyJet policy.”

The flight was re-scheduled for Friday morning, but engineering delays put it back further to 7pm. The plane eventually departed at 10.40pm, and landed at London Gatwick at 4am on Saturday morning.

An easyJet spokesman said there was “a technical issue with the aircraft”, and apologised “for any inconvenience or distress and also for any delay in passengers being told they could make up to two free phone calls.”

As the demonstrations continue, the Foreign Office advises against all travel to parts of the country. See gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt for up-to-date advice and information.

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