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Indians return to Yemen despite threat to life

Shipping firms are now asking their staff to rejoin in Aden city, which is safe to a certain extent compared to other regions in Yemen.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: September 9, 2015 8:26:50 pm
Yemen, Yemen air strikes, Yemen Indians People walk past a house destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. (Source: PTI)

Even as Saudi-led Arab coalition forces have intensified their fight against Houthi rebels in Yemen, Indians have started returning to comparatively incident-free zones in the country.

According to sources, those working in shipping/seaport areas in Aden city of Yemen are coming back as shipping firms are planning to resume operations after Bakrid, later this month.

Sources said four Indians are set to leave to Aden today night from Mumbai. Many had already left to Aden in the recent months. Shipping firms are now asking their staff to join back in Aden city, which is safe to a certain extent compared to other regions in Yemen.

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“They would go to Amman in Jordan via Dubai. From Amman, these men would move to Aden by Yemen’s national airline, which is operating three flights a week in Aden-Amman sector. These flights are mainly meant for Yemeni citizens who want to seek treatment in Jordan. Indians would stay in Amman close to a week and join the earliest flight to Aden,” sources said.

Yemenia Airway, the official airlines of Yemen, has tentatively scheduled a flight to Mumbai from Sanaa on September 18. Earlier, the airlines had flight from Sanaa to Mumbai in the second week of July. A few Indian working in private firms in Yemen had left for Sanaa in that flight.

Sources said there are Indians who are still living in various parts of Yemen. A section of Indians have little income to fall back on in their homes in India. A few have lost all their documents, including passport, after their sponsors have fled the country in the wake of the war. Others, settled in Yemen for several years, have braced themselves to face any eventuality in the alien land.

On Tuesday, an Indian working in Sanaa messaged to his friend in Mumbai, “situation is very serious. Several bombs thrown on Sanaa from morning… We live under threat to life… God’s mercy saves us.”

A nurse from Kerala, who was among the Indians evacuated from Yemen in April, said Yemeni nurses had informed her that their offices had got papers from Indian nurses who wanted to move to that country. They asked me why I was not coming,’’ said the nurse, who asked not to be named.

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