CAIRO: Some 451 Egyptian nationals have arrived in Cairo International Airport via Jeddah, Saudi Arabia since the beginning of a Saudi-led military operation in Yemen against Shiite Houthi forces in late March, Minister of Civil Aviation Hossam Kamal stated Thursday.
This month, Saudi Arabia as well as Oman opened their borders to ease the return of Egyptians stranded in Yemen.
Both countries have received many Egyptians, who were then carried on board of Egypt Air Company’s flights back to Egypt.
Egypt is participating in the Saudi-led campaign Houthi launched March 25 after the Houthis made significant advances into the southern part of the country.
Since the escalation on Yemeni soil, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry has been coordinating with Saudi and Omani counterparts to secure an exit plan for Egyptians via specific border crossings.
The ministry announced Thursday that more than 1,150 Egyptians have been evacuated from Yemen so far.
Due to the deteriorating security situation, Egypt-Yemen direct flights were halted weeks ago.
Additional reporting by Mahmoud Othman, Rehab Nabil and Amal Raslan