Political Analysis

Russia Evacuates Its Citizens From Yemen

Two Russian air panels left Sana’a airport later by Thursday evening. The airplanes were ceased for more than 10 hours by Houthi militants aiming to slow down the Saudi-led coalition air strikes bombing the airport and other military target locations.

Few hours after the Russian air planes took off, the Saudi air force shelled Sana’a airport. People living near by the airport confirmed to the news paper the GCC coalition to the airport.

Russia has sent two planes to evacuate hundreds of its citizens from conflict-torn Yemen. The Russian government has announced that Consulate General in  Aden has been damaged during airstrikes launched by the Saudi-led military coalition against the Houthi rebels, said a source in the Russian embassy in Yemen.

“There is not a single intact window left,” the source told Sputnik. A possibility of consulate closure and the evacuation of Russian nationals is currently under review, the source added.

Earlier on Wednesday a Russian plane charted for the evacuation of Russian citizens caught in the conflict had been diverted to Cairo, after the coalition denied it landing in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

The evacuation has now been delayed until Thursday, when the chartered flight “accompanied by two other aircraft”  were expected to arrive in Sana’a, according to a source of Russian daily Kommersan.