30 Lankans still stranded in war-ravaged Yemen
Nearly 30 Sri Lankans are still stranded in war ravaged Yemen, Sri
Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau (SLBFE) Deputy General Manager and
spokesperson Mangala Randeniya said.
The Government has so far evacuated 50 Lankans from the Yemeni
capital Sanaa and provincial Capital Mukallah. Two more returned earlier
on their own. He said they had no contact with some Sri Lankans who had
opted to stay behind, disregarding the Foreign Ministry advice to
The latest group of 16 Sri Lankans from Yemen arrived via Djibouti on
Friday. They, along with 29 others who were working in war-ravaged Sanaa
were evacuated via the Hodeida port on board a Chinese Navy vessel,
facilitated by the Sri Lankan Ambassador in Nigeria. The Chinese vessel
also shipped 279 Pakistani, German, Japanese and other nationals among
Chinese to Djibouti.Another five Sri Lankans were personally escorted
from conflict-ridden Mukallah to Oman by the Charge D' Affaires at the
Sri Lankan mission in Oman before they were returned to the country on
Tuesday, the spokesperson said.
The UN has warned of a humanitarian crisis in Yemen. In this
backdrop, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry has sought the assistance of
UN, IOM and a number of countries including China, India and Saudi
Arabia to get the stranded Sri Lankans out of Yemen.