Houthi supporter in Sana’a, Yemen. (EPA Photo/Yahya Arhab)

Indonesia Considers Indian Govt for Help to Evacuate Citizens from Yemen


APRIL 10, 2015

Jakarta. The foreign ministry is considering asking the Indian government for help as it seeks to evacuate Indonesian citizens stranded in Yemen as political violence continues to engulf the Middle Eastern nation.

“I have contacted the Indian foreign affairs minister to ask for cooperation in the evacuation process," Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi said on Friday. "We have two options: providing a ship in Djibouti or asking the Indian government for cooperation, because an Indian naval ship is on the way to Aden."

The Indian naval ship can take up to 500 passengers and will evacuate 250 Indians from Aden, spokesman Lalu Muhammad Iqbal said.

There are 889 Indonesians ready to be evacuated from Yemen, 111 are in Aden, 58 in Sana’a, 37 in Hudaydah, 260 in Al Mukalla, and 423 in Tarim.

“We plan on evacuating 100 people from Al Mukalla and 400 other from Tarim tomorrow,” Retno said.

The government has evacuated 993 people from Yemen, 775 of whom have already arrived home.

Yemen has been wracked by violence since last year, when Shiite Houthi fighters seized the capital Sana’a and forced President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to flee into exile in Saudi Arabia.

The conflict intensified days ago with air strikes against Houthi positions by a Saudi-led coalition.