NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — India began evacuating its citizens from crisis-hit Yemen’s capital Sanaa by air, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said Friday.
1st air evacuation from Yemen successful. 2 Air India flights evacuate a total of 351 Indians from Sana'a to Djibouti.— Syed Akbaruddin (@MEAIndia) 3 апреля 2015
Over 300 Indian nationals reached Djibouti on board a military ship earlier in the day.
Other countries, including Saudi Arabia, Russia, China, France and the United States have been evacuating their citizens from the Yemeni capital due to security concerns. The United Nations has pulled out its staff from Yemen.
Relief. Indians evacuated by INS Sumitra from Al Hudaydah now in Djibouti enroute to their homes in India pic.twitter.com/3HA1stPX7t— Syed Akbaruddin (@MEAIndia) 3 апреля 2015
Yemen is currently seeing clashes between the Houthi militant group and forces loyal to President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who has fled the country.
Last week, an international coalition lead by Saudi Arabia launched a military operation against the Houthis rebels in Yemen.
Returning via Jeddah too. 35 Indians who had crossed over from Yemen to Gizan being assisted by Consulate in Jeddah. pic.twitter.com/SxNSyUzRnw— Syed Akbaruddin (@MEAIndia) 3 апреля 2015