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Ethiopia begins evacuating citizens from violence in Yemen

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle.

June 21, 2011 (ADDIS ABABA) – The Ethiopian government has begun evacuating its nationals from Yemen as violence in the Gulf country escalates.

A first group of Ethiopians landed late Monday night in the capital, Addis Ababa.

“A first group of 275 Ethiopians have arrived last night at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport” Ambassador Dina Mufti, Ethiopia foreign affairs spokesperson, told Sudan Tribune.

‘‘The evacuation process will continue this week. We will return a total of 2,000 Ethiopians who have willingly registered for repatriation’’ he added.

According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the number of Ethiopians who entered Yemen illegally as of January 2010 was over 30,000.

Yemen has been the scene of widespread unrest since January, 2011, when massive protests began against the leadership of President Abdullah Saleh, who has been in power since 1978.

In April 2011, Ethiopia similarly evacuated its citizens from Libya who were stranded there due to the ongoing conflict there. The government in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) was able to evacuate over 400 of its citizens from Libya via Tunisia.

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  • 22 June 2011 07:48, by belle loboi

    since Arabs came to the power in Ethiopia 1991 when African people lost his almighty Mengistu Haile Mariam thing fall apart. Now Ethiopia is land our Al-ageada networking group that creation some attention in the Horn of Africa

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  • 22 June 2011 14:07, by Wolleyewu

    What is the point of making this incredible statement while the government is currently evacuating innocent people froom their place of origin like Metema, Kesela, Humera and other territorial areas close to Sudan with the intention of handing over the lands of Ethiopians’ to Sudan. This conspiracy of the current rejected government of Ethiopia and an arch enemny Sudan will lead Ethiopians to inevitable war after the demise of ethinocentric tigray-dominated government in Ethiopia.

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