CAIRO: Egyptian authorities announced that a number of Egyptian nationals have fled turmoil in Yemen Friday through borders recently opened by Saudi Arabia and Oman to facilitate their return back to Egypt.
During the early hours of Friday, some 22 Egyptians crossed Oman-Yemen borders and arrived in the Omani Capital Muscat after a journey that took two days. Another five arrived at the Omani crossing late on Thursday, according to Youm7.
The Minister of Civil Aviation Hossam Kamal said that 30 Egyptian nationals, who crossed the Saudi borders Friday morning, are on their way to Jeddah to travel back to Egypt via air. He also said that another 40 are expected to cross the Saudi borders today.
Egypt-Yemen direct flights were halted due to the deteriorating security situation in Yemen. Saudi Arabia and Oman announced opening their borders with Yemen to receive Egyptian nationals trapped.
Following the recent escalation in the Yemeni crisis, Egyptian authorities have announced an ongoing coordination with Saudi Arabia and Oman to evacuate Egyptian nationals in Yemen and ease procedures of their departure.
An ongoing Saudi-led military operation; the “Resolute Storm” is taking place in Yemen against the Iran-backed Houthis, which took over the capital of Sanaa in January.
Yemeni security officials said Houthi fighters captured the presidential palace in Aden after heavy clashes, according to the Associated Press Thursday.
Additional reporting by Mahmoud Abdel Ghani