Over 100 Russians evacuated from Yemen arrive in Moscow

Russia’s Emergencies Ministry plane with 119 Russians evacuated from Yemen, has landed in Moscow on Monday, the ministry said.

An Il-62, en route from Yemen, with 148 people onboard, including 119 Russian and about 20 CIS citizens, landed in Moscow’s Domodedovo airport at 11.05 a.m. Moscow time [07:05 GMT] on Monday, ministry’s spokesman told RIA Novosti.

The spokesman said that two Emergencies Ministry’s psychologists and medicine workers were accompanying people during the flight.

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 825 Russians remaining in Yemen.

MOSCOW, June 13 (RIA Novosti)

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