CAIRO: Eight Egyptians have been trapped at the Massafy port in Aden since the military operation Resolute Storm led by Saudi Arabia against Shiite Houthi forces in Yemen began March 26, Youm7 reported.
Marine Engineer Bahaa Desoky Amr told Youm7 Sunday night that he and his colleagues informed the Egyptian consulate in Aden more than a month ago that they wished to be list on the evacuation list back to Cairo in case any military operation took place in Yemen.
He added that they were instructed to write a list of their names and detailed information to submit to the consulate, which they did.
Amr, however, said he headed to the consulate the same day the Resolute Storm was announced, but he found the gates closed, and learned that Egypt has halted all flights to Yemen.
“The conditions in Yemen are not the best for us, if Houthis knew we were here, we wouldn’t survive,” Amr said, demanding the foreign ministry interfere and rescue them, as they have dwindling sources of water and food.
Resolute Storm started March 26 and is expected to last for few days according to Yemeni foreign minister Ryad Yassien. He told Youm7 Friday that the military operation was needed “temporarily” to “support President Hadi’s legitimacy.”
Shiite Houthi forces have controlled much of Yemen’s northern territories since September, and took over the capital of Sanaa in January, forcing U.S. and Saudi-backed President Hadi to resign and placing him under house arrest. Hadi escaped in February to Aden, where he declared he was still the legitimate president, and Aden was the new capital.
Hadi thanked Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi for participating in the joint military operation after his arrival to Cairo to participate in the Arab League Summit, an Egyptian presidency statement announced.