Stranded Yemenis return two weeks after Eid: Airlines source

Aden (Debriefer)
2020-05-22 | Since 2 Week

The Yemeni nationals stranded abroad following COVID-19 will be only evacuated two weeks after the Fitr Eid, private source at the Yamania Airlines told Debriefer Thursday.

"Among reasons for delayed evacuation is the invalid fuel stagnant at aviation units in some airports, as well as the delayed taking off and landing permissions from coalition authorities monitoring aviation in Yemen," the source added.

The Yemeni internationally-recognized government instructed its transport ministry and Yamania Airlines to airlift the Yemenis stranded in India, Egypt and Jordan, after protective measures are taken at arrival stations.

The government had closed Yemen's land and air ports following the COVID-19 outbreak, but with the virus now spread across the country, it reversed its decision.

In their return, the stranded Yemenis face many obstacles like intra-city quarantines, very limited flights and difficult issuance of medical documents prior to a flight.

Until Thursday, Yemen has recorded 196 confirmed infections of COVID-19 across the country, including 34 deaths and 7 recoveries.

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