More Than 150 Americans Flee Conflict In Yemen
As the country plunges further into chaos, a ship carrying dozens of U.S. citizens arrived in the East African nation of Djibouti.
A ship carrying 140 Americans fleeing the conflict in Yemen arrived in Djibouti on Sunday, according to the U.S. ambassador in the East African nation.
U.S. authorities said Monday that the families aboard the boat were exhausted, but receiving food, water, and "full consular services," ABC News reported.
Ambassador Tom Kelly tweeted several pictures of Indian vessel INS Tarkash, which evacuated more than 500 people from the Yemeni port city of Aden.
Three weeks ago, a Saudi-led coalition of Gulf nations launched an aerial campaign in the country, aimed at halting the advance the the Shiite Houthi rebels, who have taken large swathes of territory and forced the United Nations–recognized President Abdu Rabu Mansur Hadi to flee the southern port city of Aden.
As BuzzFeed News reported Friday, the U.S. government has been criticized for failing to evacuate American citizens from the conflict-hit country.
California–based activists and lawyers set up stuckinyemen.com, and estimated that around 400 Americans were unable to find a route out of Yemen.
A group of 41 Yemen–based U.S. citizens and permanent residents announced they were suing the State Department and the Department of Defense for their failure to evacuate those trapped there.
On Friday, the U.N. said that the humanitarian situation in Yemen was getting "worse by the hour."