Africa 152 Sudanese nationals back home from Yemen

152 Sudanese nationals back home from Yemen

 Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir
Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir

(AA) – A total of 152 Sudanese nationals evacuated from Yemen arrived in Khartoum on Thursday.

Gamal Mahmoud, a Sudanese cabinet state minister, said Sudan had evacuated the 152 nationals by land to Saudi Arabia and then by air back home.

According to Mahmoud, there is a total of 4,000 Sudanese nationals in Yemen.

There are contacts, Mahmoud said, between the government and the International Organization for Migration for evacuating remaining Sudanese nationals from Yemen.

Yemen has been in turmoil since 2011 when a popular uprising forced longstanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down a year later.

Since March 25, an Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been pounding positions of the Shiite Houthi group across the country.

The Houthis, who are accused of receiving support from Iran, has overrun capital Sanaa in September of 2014 and then moved to extend their control to other provinces, sending fear across the predominantly Sunni Arab Gulf.

Several other countries are evacuating their nationals from Yemen, including India, Russia, the United States and Egypt.

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