LONDON, Ont. — Two Canadians held for nearly two months in an Egyptian prison have been given the green light to leave the north African country.
The Egyptian government Thursday cleared London emergency room doctor Tarek Loubani and Toronto filmmaker John Greyson to leave the country.
The pair were released from prison on the weekend, but were placed on a no-fly list.
How quickly the men will make it home remained unclear late Thursday.
"We are facilitating their departure and Canadian officials will continue to offer consular services to them and their families as needed," said Lynne Yelich, Canada's minister of state for foreign affairs, on Twitter.
Loubani and Greyson were arrested Aug. 16 during violent street clashes in the days following the military ouster of the country's first freely elected president, Mohamed Mursi.
Held for 50 days in Cairo's notorious Tora prison, it was only through family, friends and supporters that news about the men got out.
Toward the end of their captivity, which included a hunger strike, a statement released from the two men said they witnessed the deaths of more than 50 protesters.
Loubani helped treat the wounded while Greyson shot video of the deadly clashes, they said. They also described horrifying conditions in the prison.
Loubani and Greyson were on their way in mid-August to Gaza, where Loubani was on a medical mission and Greyson planned to film it, when they were arrested.
They were never charged.
Their cause drew international attention and nearly 150,000 individuals signed a petition calling for their release.