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China evacuates S’poreans from Aden

In China on 04/04/2015 at 5:10 pm

Not seen any report on this from CNA etc.

China’s navy has evacuated 225 foreign nationals and almost 600 Chinese citizens from Yemen’s southern port of Aden, amid fierce fighting there.

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Chinese naval frigates were carrying out anti-piracy patrols off the coast of Somalia when they were diverted to Yemen to evacuate people trapped by the fighting.

The evacuees were taken by naval frigates across the Red Sea to Djibouti, to take flights home.

The non-Chinese evacuees included 176 people from Pakistan, said Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying. There were smaller numbers from other countries, including Ethiopia, Singapore, the UK, Italy and Germany.

Ms Hua said it was the first time China had helped evacuate foreign citizens – and only the second time that China has used warships to evacuate its own citizens from a conflict zone, says the BBC’s Martin Patience in Beijing.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32173811

Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli has sought Oman’s assistance, should it be necessary, to assist Singaporeans leaving Yemen. (CNA on Friday)

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