Turkey evacuates 55 Turkish citizens from Yemen

Turkish Foreign Ministry says the 55 Turks will first land in Djibouti, from where they will be transported to Turkey via Turkish Airlines.

Turkey evacuates 55 Turkish citizens from Yemen

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey's navy has evacuated 55 Turkish citizens from Yemen's port city of Aden, the Turkish Foreign Ministry announced in a statement Friday.

According to the statement, "The Turkish navy vessel, TCG Buyukada Frigate, has completed the evacuation of 55 citizens from Yemen's Aden city. Our citizens will first land in Djibouti, from where they will be transported to Turkey via Turkish Airlines."

The Saudi Arabia-led military operation, dubbed "Operation Decisive Storm," has launched numerous airstrikes in Yemen since late Wednesday, which made the situation dangerous for Turkish residents in the volatile country .

"After the launch of the Saudi-led coalition's military operation in Yemen, we have been conducting a rigorous operation to evacuate our citizens in the country," the ministry added.

Riyadh said that the strikes were in response to calls by Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi for military intervention to "save the people from Houthi militias."

Fractious Yemen has been in turmoil since last September, when Shia militants overran the capital Sanaa, from which they reportedly sought to extend their influence to other parts of the country.

Some Gulf countries accuse Iran of supporting the Houthi-led insurgency that forced Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi to flee the country.

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