Displaced Yemenis in Egypt continue to return home
Cairo International Airport - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb

CAIRO: Some 152 Yemenis left Egypt to Saudi Arabia Saturday to return to their home country, Youm7 reported Sunday.

Since the end of April, around 5,761 Yemeni nationals in Egypt have returned to Yemen on board of 34 flights operated by the Yemeni airlines, according to head of the Yemeni airlines at Cairo Airport Sadeq Abdel Aziz.

The flights depart Cairo Airport to Bisha Airport in Saudi Arabia, and arrive in Mukalla Airport in Yemen’s Hadramout.

The Yemeni airlines are organizing the next flight on Monday to carry some 120 Yemenis back to Yemen, added Abdel Aziz.

Yemen has descended into a deteriorated security situation since Houthi militants took over most of the country, forcing Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee the country in February.

On March 26, several Arab countries launched Saudi-led airstrikes against the Houthis after reconciliation talks brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) failed.

Egypt participated in the military coalition by sending air and naval troops, particularly near Bab al-Mandeb Strait, a strategic maritime waterway for the Suez Canal as it connects between the Arab gulf and the Red Sea.

Egypt has closed its embassy in Yemen over the chaotic situation, which has prompted hundreds of Egyptians to flee the country back home through borders opened by Saudi Arabia and Oman.

Following the crisis in Yemen, the Ministry of Manpower announced there are 6,000 -7,000 Egyptian laborers in Yemen; at least 500 of them are married to Yemeni women.


Additional reporting by Rehab Nabil.

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