Nations rush to evacuate citizens from Yemen

April 12, 2015 8:53 am
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The Chinese government evacuated 629 Chinese citizens from Yemen ports from March 29 to April 6, and, at the request of other 15 countries, also helped evacuate 279 of their citizens/FILE
The Chinese government evacuated 629 Chinese citizens from Yemen ports from March 29 to April 6, and, at the request of other 15 countries, also helped evacuate 279 of their citizens/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 12 – With the security situation in Yemen rapidly deteriorating, some countries have almost finished evacuation of their citizens, while others have instructed their citizens to leave Yemen.

India has evacuated 4,600 of its nationals alongside nearly 1,000 people from 41 countries, including Britain, France and the United States.

India foreign minister V.K. Singh, who joined several Air India flights into the Yemeni capital Sanaa to evacuate people from the conflict there to Djibouti, returned to India on Friday.

The Ministry of External Affairs in India said India they have now ended the rescue effort and India will close its embassy in Sanaa. According to media reports, however, some Indians are still stranded in Yemen.

The Chinese government evacuated 629 Chinese citizens from Yemen ports from March 29 to April 6, and, at the request of other 15 countries, also helped evacuate 279 of their citizens.

On April 6, the final batch of staff from Chinese diplomatic and consular missions in Yemen left the country. The Chinese Embassy in Yemen and Consulate General in Aden are temporarily closed

Besides India and China, Egypt, Sri Lankan, Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritius, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Djibouti and Sudan have also evacuated their nationals. The United Nations evacuated more than 100 of its international staff from Sanaa.

While some countries haven’t lunched operation to evacuate their nationals yet, they have instructed their nationals to leave the country immediately.

According to British Embassy spokesperson in Riyadh, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advised its citizens against all travel plans to Yemen and instructed others to leave the country immediately, if anyone is there.

The Embassy of the United States in Yemen has suggested US citizens to leave the country via several flights.

“The US government has been advised that the Indian and Djiboutian governments are no longer offering evacuation assistance from Yemen,” said a post on the embassy’s website.

US citizens are suggested board flights organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) from Sana’a to Djibouti or flights from Sana’a to Khartoum, Sudan or Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to leave the country.

“Please note that upon arrival, US citizens will only be granted permission by the Sudanese and Ethiopian governments to remain in the country for a few days,” said the post.

Thousands of people are still stranded in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia has launched air strikes against Iranian-allied Houthi rebels.

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