Sudanese nationals airlifted by Yemeni government
Hundreds of Yemenis trapped in Sudan are being airlifted home by the country’s internationally recognized administration as of Sunday.
179 Yemenis landed in Aden, Yemen’s temporary capital, on Sunday on the first of the direct flights from Port Sudan with national airline Yemenia Airways, according to the Yemeni government and emergency committee, which is in charge of organizing evacuation efforts in Sudan.
Out of the about 2,000 Yemenis that urgently need to be evacuated from war-torn Sudan, four Yemenia aircraft are planned to transport 720 Yemenis from Port Sudan to Houthi-controlled Sanaa and Aden on Sunday and Monday.
Yemen’s Minister of Information Muammar Al-Eryani tweeted: “Preparations are also being made to contract with an airline to perform more evacuation flights in addition to Yemenia Airlines.”
The government of Yemen, he said, will pay for the flights. Fighting between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces has wracked the nation since April 15. Sudan is now hosting thousands of immigrants, including Yemenis.
Nearly 3,000 Yemenis are said to be living in horrible conditions without food, housing, money, or medical treatment in Port Sudan on the Red Sea after fleeing the capital Khartoum and other areas.
From Port Sudan to Jeddah, more than 860 Yemenis were transported by Saudi Arabia’s rescue ships before being transported by bus back to Yemen. 450 Yemenis were later transferred from Jeddah to Aden by Yemenia.
According to Arab News, priority had been given to evacuating vulnerable people, including the unwell, women, children, and the elderly. Afif Al-Barashi is the leader of the students’ union.
Government representatives and diplomats from Yemen’s embassy in Sudan could not be reached for comment.
A youngster was shot and killed by a Houthi sniper on Saturday night in the besieged city of Taiz, according to the official SABA news agency in Yemen.
Ayedha Anwar Saeed, 15, was shot in the head in the hamlet of Al-Hunaini in the Maqbanah area and passed away instantaneously. Since early 2015, when the Iran-backed militia started a siege of Taiz after failing to seize it from government forces and opposition fighters, Houthi snipers have murdered scores of kids there in similar killings.