IOM evacuates 338 Ethiopian immigrants from Yemen in two days

Sanaa (Debriefe)
2019-01-30 | Since 3 Week

An Egyptian plane chartered by  IOM to evacuate refugees

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Wednesday that about  170 Ethiopian refugees have been evacuated from Yemen to home via Sanaa International Airport. 

The International Organization on Tuesday evacuated 168 refugees to Ethiopia, within the project of voluntary repatriation of refugees. 
"This is the first aerial evacuation of Ethiopian immigrants from Yemen in 2019," said

Saba al-Moalimi,  the media and communications official at the organization's Yemen office. 

According to shipping sources at Sanaa airport, the International Organization for Migration hired an Egyptian Airbus A321 (Airbus) to transport Ethiopian refugees. 

Yemen is a destination for refugees from the Horn of Africa, especially Somalia and Ethiopia, many of whom are moving on their difficult journey to the Gulf states, especially Saudi Arabia. 

Yemen hosts 280,000 refugees, mostly from Somalia, according to previous UN reports. 

Yemen is facing the world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to the UN, as more than 22 million people (more than two thirds of the population) are in need for a type of humanitarian aid and immediate protection, including 8.4 million people unsure how to get next meal, and some 2 million children suffering severe shortage of nutrition. 

The crisis has cast its negative impact on refugees from the Horn of Africa.

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