Strife in Yemen National

Too close for comfort

Indians stranded at a hotel in Sana’a are feeling cornered as the strife in Yemen is coming closer. They are getting increasingly anxious about their evacuation as the air strikes have become more frequent, and are occurring during daylight, and are much nearer to where they stay.

Till Sunday, air strikes had been taking place in Sana’a after dusk and continuing till dawn. Indians are now hoping that the Indian government will act soon to help them leave the strife-ridden country. What is worrying is that other than the air strikes, there could be combat on ground too. Ravi Kumar T., an engineer from Bengaluru, one among 150 Indians stranded at the hotel, said that while there were bombings before dusk on Monday, any moment ground forces could attack from Saudi Arabia.

He said, “After that, it will be very difficult to escape.” With no newspapers and no power most of the time, they do not know how to sift information from rumour. While an announcement was made last Friday that a ship had set out, there was no update on the vessel. Most disappointing to them was hearing that a plane had come to Sana’a but had to return to Muscat, Oman, as it was not allowed to land in Sana’a airport. “Indians went back from the airport,” he said. Another businessman from Bhatkal, Karnataka, did not respond to phone calls.

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