US along France, Germany and Sweden, besides 22 nations have sought India’s assistance to evacuate its citizens from violence hit Yemen.
An US government travel advisory for Yemen pointed out that India would offer its assistance to evacuate American citizens from Sana’a to Djibouti. The US citizens have been advised to contact Indian diplomats in Embassy at Sana’a for assistance for evacuation either by boat or air.
This is significant considering the fact that the US has strong naval presence as well as deployment of its Air Force in West Asia. France also has presence of its Navy in the region to counter piracy.
Yemen is being torn apart by a toxic political crisis between a weak national government and a rebel movement known as the Houthis, who have taken over the capital of Sanaa and ousted the president. The resulting power vacuum has allowed extremists groups like Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS to expand their influence in the country.
Amid the escalating turmoil, a coalition of nations led by Saudi Arabia has launched a military campaign against the Houthi rebels, raising the odds that the fight for Yemen could soon spillover into a much larger regional and sectarian war.