Scores of foreigners airlifted out of war-torn Yemen


Scores of foreigners airlifted out of war-torn Yemen

Al Jazeera and agencies, 12 Apr 2015

At least 16,000 foreign nationals are stranded in Yemen, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has said, adding that it has evacuated 143 people, as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pleaded for the resumption of peace talks in the war-torn country.

The IOM said on Sunday it had flown a first planeload of foreign nationals out of Yemen, where Shia rebel positions are being bombed by a Saudi-led coalition.

It added it aimed to continue evacuating foreigners stranded in the Arabian Peninsula nation.

"The operation was a success and paves the way for continuing the evacuations of more than 16,000 third country nationals who are stranded in Yemen," IOM said in a statement.

Joel Millman, the IOM spokesperson, told the AFP news agency that 143 passengers had been on Sunday's flight from Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, to Khartoum, Sudan.