Russia flies 3rd planeload of evacuees out of Yemen

A third Russian Emergency Situations Ministry plane with a total of 39 Russian and CIS evacuees on board has left Yemen for Russia, the ministry reported.

Two Emergencies Ministry evacuation flights from Yemen brought 175 Russian and CIS citizens, including 59 children, to Moscow on Monday.

“Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Il-62 departed from the Yemeni city of Aden at 08:15 Moscow time [04:15 GMT],” the ministry said. “A total of 39 people are on board, including 20 children and 12 Russian citizens.”

Anti-government protests against Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been in power for 33 years, have been taking place for nearly five months. The protests have recently escalated to frequent gun battles between Saleh loyalists and hundreds of members of Yemeni opposition tribal groups.

Several hundred people have reportedly been killed in Yemen since February, pushing the country to the brink of a civil war.

Russia has already recalled 14 diplomats and their families from its embassy in Sanaa and general consulate in Aden.

There are about 800 Russians remaining in Yemen.

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