CAIRO -- DaimlerChrysler is pulling all expatriate dependants out of Egypt amid security concerns ahead of a possible Iraq war, company sources said on Sunday.
"DaimlerChrysler has ordered all families (of staff) to leave the country," one employee said. Another source said staff had also been encouraged to depart, but a company official in Cairo said the foreign employees remained in Egypt.
DaimlerChrysler employs about 80 people in Egypt, of whom seven are expatriates.
A company spokesman in Stuttgart would not confirm or deny the news, but said: "We do everything we can to protect the safety of our employees."
The German-Arab Chamber of Commerce in Cairo said DaimlerChrysler was the only German company in Egypt it knew of which had decided to pull out staff or dependants.
A German Embassy official in Cairo said it considered Egypt safe and had not recommended additional security measures.
One source said DaimlerChrysler may have been a special case due to its German-American ownership.
Most Egyptians oppose a possible U.S.-led war against Iraq to rid the country of banned arms, which Baghdad denies it has. Residents say anti-U.S. sentiment is on the rise.