A total of 230 people, including Turkish citizens, have boarded a flight to Istanbul from Yemen’s Sanaa International Airport, Turkish foreign minister tweeted Sunday.
According to AA sources in Yemen, out of the 230 passengers, 185 are Turkish citizens who are being evacuated in a Turkish Airlines aircraft.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on his Twitter messages in Turkish language thanked all those involved in the efforts to evacuate Turkish citizens. Cavusoglu also highlighted the fact that Turkey was not only evacuating its own citizens, but also giving a hand to nationals from other countries.
“We are not only helping our own citizens, but we are also there for others who are asking for our help,” he tweeted.
Previously, the Turkish naval vessel, TCG Buyukada Frigate, had evacuated 55 Turkish citizens from the Yemeni port city of Aden and later dropped them off in Djibouti.
Turkish embassy officials later escorted 55 Turkish citizens to the airport in Djibouti Saturday from where they boarded a Turkish Airlines’ flight to Istanbul and arrived in Turkey later in the evening.
Yemen has been in turmoil since September, when the Houthi militia overran the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, from where they allegedly planned to extend their influence to other parts of the country.
Several Arab states have joined the Saudi-led offensive in Yemen, which began on March 25 with a string of airstrikes on Houthi militia positions.