CAIRO: A total of 870 Egyptian citizens have fled war-torn Yemen since a Saudi-led coalition began airstrikes on March 25, foreign ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty told Youm7 Monday.
”Egyptians are being flown back from Yemen’s neighboring countries at the expense of the state,” said Abdel Atty.
On April 2, the Foreign Ministry started implementing an exit plan for Egyptian expats in Yemen via Oman, Saudi Arabia and Djibouti, asking them to head to specific border crossings.
According to an earlier statement by the Manpower and Immigration Ministry, 6,000-7,000 Egyptian expats are working and living in Yemen.
Egypt is participating in the ongoing Saudi-led military campaign against Houthi fighters in Yemen that was launched March 26 after the Houthis made significant advances into the southern part of the country.
The United Nations stated Thursday that more than 500 people had been killed in two weeks of fighting in Yemen.