Nawaz orders immediate evacuation of stranded Pakistanis from Yemen

Published: March 27, 2015
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Yemenis walk in an empty street in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on March 26, 2015. Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition bombed Huthi Shiite rebels in support of Yemen's embattled president, who headed to an Arab summit to garner support as Iran warned the intervention was "dangerous". PHOTO: AFP

Yemenis walk in an empty street in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on March 26, 2015. Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition bombed Huthi Shiite rebels in support of Yemen's embattled president, who headed to an Arab summit to garner support as Iran warned the intervention was "dangerous". PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday ordered the immediate evacuation of stranded Pakistanis from Yemen.

The decision was taken following air strikes carried out by Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, launching an operation against Huthi rebels in Yemen on Wednesday.

Read: Saudi Arabia launches strikes against Huthi rebels in Yemen

The prime minister instructed the relevant authorities that steps should be taken on war footing for the safety and early return of Pakistanis stranded in Yemen.

Terming the current situation in Yemen as volatile, Nawaz said people living in Yemen were exposed to all sorts of crimes, as the system there was collapsing.

Earlier in the day, India also announced that it was sending ships to Yemen to evacuate thousands of Indian workers stranded there as the fighting intensifies.

Read: Ships to evacuate thousands of Indians from Yemen

Around 3,500 Indians are currently working in Yemen, which has been plunged into chaos by a Huthi Shia rebellion that has triggered Saudi-backed airstrikes on the capital Sanaa.

Many are nurses from the southern state of Kerala, whose Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said New Delhi planned to send two ships to evacuate them.

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