Hundreds of Filipinos flee strife-torn Yemen

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino evacuees from Yemen reached 342 after a second batch of Filipinos fled the strife-torn country, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday, April 7.

In a statement, the DFA said it brought 243 Filipinos and a Yemeni national out of Yemen on Monday, April 6.

"As the situation in Yemen remains volatile and uncertain, the DFA firmly reiterates its urgent call to the remaining Filipinos there to register with the crisis management teams in Movenpick Hotel Sana’a and in Al-Sherif Hotel Hodeidah, so that they can join what may be the last remaining land evacuation being scheduled in the coming days," the DFA said.

The latest batch of evacuees was composed of 111 males, 112 females, and 21 children.

The Yemeni in this group is the father of Filipino children.

The first batch of evacuees included 99 Filipinos, and the upcoming third batch is composed of 44 evacuees.

The DFA said Philippine Honorary Consul Mohammad Al Jamal accompanied this group, which traveled in a convoy of 5 buses. 

Relief workers have warned of a dire situation in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula state, where a Saudi-led coalition is waging an air war on the Iran-backed Huthi Shiite rebels.

On Monday, April 6, fierce clashes raged between rebels and loyalists in southern Yemen, leaving more than 140 dead in 24 hours, as the Red Cross faced delays to urgently needed aid deliveries.

Yemen, strategically located near key shipping routes and bordering oil-rich Saudi Arabia, is sinking deeper into a multi-sided civil conflict.

The fighting has drawn in an array of armed groups including the Huthis, pro-Hadi militia, army units loyal to Saleh, southern separatists, Sunni tribes, and Al-Qaeda militants. – with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com

Paterno R. Esmaquel II

Paterno R. Esmaquel II is a senior reporter leading Rappler’s coverage of religion and foreign affairs. He finished MA Journalism in Ateneo and MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at pat.esmaquel@rappler.com.

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