China completes evacuation of its nationals from Yemen

Updated - November 28, 2021 09:54 am IST

Published - March 31, 2015 10:16 am IST - BEIJING

China's Defence Ministry said on Tuesday its warships had completed an evacuation of Chinese nationals from Yemen, with more than 570 people safely transported across the Red Sea to Djibouti to be flown home.

The Chinese were evacuated in two batches, one from Aden and the other, much larger group from Hodeidah, the Ministry said in a statement on its website.

Eight foreign nationals were evacuated with them, it added, without providing details.

"Military officers must be the guardians of the people's security, and military ships must be like Noah's Ark for our compatriots," the Ministry said.

Violence has been spreading across Yemen since 2014, when Houthi fighters seized the capital, Sana’a, and effectively removed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

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