The International Organization for Migration (IOM) began to evacuate migrants from Ethiopia and Somalia stranded in Yemen after a pause due to heavy fighting in the country, according to the organization’s press release issued on Friday.
“IOM evacuation operations are resuming in Yemen, after a pause imposed by airstrikes and ground fights in the country,” the press release said.
Mohammed Abdiker, the director of the IOM’s Department of Operations and Emergencies, stressed his concern about the barbaric deportations of the migrants.
“What’s happening in the region is a very big concern for us. So far hundreds of migrants have been deported in deplorable conditions,” Abdiker said, as quoted in the press release.
The migrants from Ethiopia and Somalia cross the Red Sea and head for the Gulf states. Yemen, engulfed in a violent confrontation between the country’s Iranian-backed Shia Houthi rebels and the nation’s internationally recognized government, can hardly accommodate new arrivals in the country.