The Yemeni internationally-recognized government on Wednesday evacuated first batch of its nationals from Egypt following the COVID-19 spread.
The first flight of Yemenia Airlines left Cairo airport at noon and will arrive at Seyoun airport, in the Yemeni southeastern governorate of Hadhramout, diplomatic sources in the Egyptian capital said.
The Yemeni government will run daily flights from Cairo to airlift the stranded nationals to Yemen as part of a protocol approved by the government-run anti-COVID-19 supreme emergency committee in order to evacuate the Yemenis from abroad, sources added.
On 28 May, the Yemeni official government started operating flights by the Yemenia to bring back its nationals stranded in Jordan, UAE, Egypt and India. It also evacuated Yemenis from Djibouti by sea.
Until early Wednesday, COVID-19 infections recorded in government-held areas topped 524 cases, including 127 deaths and 23 recoveries.
In Houthi-held areas, the group has kept concealing the real figures of people affected by the new virus.