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Chinese evacuees from conflict-torn Yemen arrive in Djibouti

Updated: Mar 31,2015 2:04 PM     Xinhua

Chinese evacuees arrive in Djibouti, March 31. More than 500 Chinese evacuees from conflict-ridden Yemen have arrived at the Djibouti port as the situation continues to deteriorate in Yemen. [Photo/Xinhua]

DJIBOUTI — More than 500 Chinese evacuees from conflict-ridden Yemen have arrived at the Djibouti port as the situation continues to deteriorate in Yemen.

Chinese evacuees wave flags on a bus in Djibouti, March 31. [Photo/Xinhua]

A People’s Liberation Army Navy fleet, which had been carrying out escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters, was dispatched for the evacuation on March 29, according to China’s Ministry of National Defense.

A Chinese evacuee waves flag as he arrived in Djibouti, March 31. [Photo/Xinhua]

The first group of 122 Chinese nationals were evacuated from the Yemeni city of Aden and arrived in Djibouti on the night of March 29.

Chinese evacuees arrive in Djibouti, March 31. [Photo/Xinhua]

The remaining 449 Chinese nationals and six people of other nationalities left the Yemeni coastal city of Al-Hodayda on March 30 and have arrived in Djibouti.

Chinese evacuees arrive in Djibouti, March 31. [Photo/Xinhua]

Security sharply deteriorated in Yemen since early March when conflicts erupted in several provinces in the country’s southern regions.

The Shiite Houthi group launched attacks on Aden city, which President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi declared as temporary capital after he fled weeks of house arrest by the Houthis in Sanaa.

On March 26, a Saudi-led coalition started airstrikes on Houthi targets in Sanaa and other cities, saying the multinational action was to protect Hadi’s legitimacy and force the Houthis to retreat from cities it seized since September 2014.

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