Indonesian nationals boarding an Air Force plane in Yemen last week. (Antara Photo/TNI/Col. Bernardus Robert)

Fleeing Yemen Turmoil, 91 Indonesians Back on Home Soil

APRIL 13, 2015

Jakarta. Another group of 91 Indonesian nationals fleeing the conflict in Yemen safely arrived on Monday at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport on board a Boeing 737-400 from the nation's Air Force.

The arrival of the group brings the total number of Indonesian citizens brought home from the war-torn country to 1,002. As many as 1,795 Indonesians have left Yemen since December, but 793 are still in the region, mainly in Oman and Djibouti.

The group of 91 was welcomed at the airport by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.

Also on Monday, an Indonesian team in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross was to try to take another group of 112 nationals stuck in the port city of Aden to Djibouti, across the Gulf of Aden.

Almost 600 Indonesian nationals currently in Salalah, Oman, are expected to arrive at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Tuesday.

Yemen has been wracked by violence since last year, when Shiite Houthi fighters seized the capital Sanaa and forced President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to flee into exile in Saudi Arabia. The conflict intensified last month when a coalition led by Saudi Arabia started launching airstrikes on Houthi positions.

Islamic educational institutions in Yemen, where many Indonesians of Arab descent originally hail from, have long been attracting considerable numbers of Indonesian students.