UN Evacuates their Staff from Yemen

UN Evacuates their Staff from Yemen

UN evacuated 13 Humanitarian workers from the Yemeni capital Sanaa to Djibouti On Tuesday 12th Dec. 2017.

UN workers were transferred from the Yemeni port of Hodeidah to Djibouti on (MVV Apollo) vessel charted by World Health Organization.

Farhan Haq, UN Deputy Secretary-General, announced at a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York that the evacuation is ‘a temporary process’ done by workers in the humanitarian sector under supervision of that local authorities in Djibouti.

"With the exception of crew members, no other parties accompanied the staff," he said, without further details.

United Nations has been trying to evacuate UN staff in Sanaa since clashes erupted as shells were falling near the UN compound in Sanaa on Siteen Street on Sunday 3rd Dec. and Staff has been told to stay at homes since then.

In the same regard, Russia suspended its diplomatic presence in Yemen and withdrew its staff from Sanaa airport to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on December 12, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

This action was due to instability in Sana’a situation and the rising tension in the city, The Russian Ambassador to Yemen and diplomatic staff will temporarily work from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.