Friday, July 17, 2015

20 more Pinoys repatriated from Yemen

Twenty more Filipinos were repatriated from war-torn Yemen as the government continues its mandatory repatriation program there.

The 20 Filipinos crossed the Saudi-Yemen border on July 10 and were admitted to Saudi Arabia under a 10-day transit visa, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Seven arrived on Wednesday and 13 more will arrive on Thursday, the DFA said.
Crisis Alert Level 4 was raised in Yemen in February due to the "deteriorating political and security situation" there.

More than 3,000 people have been killed and over a million displaced in the conflict, which pits the Saudi Arabia-led Arab coalition against the Iranian-allied Houthis.

The coalition has been bombing the Houthis for three months to try to restore Yemen's exiled government, and has imposed a near-blockade on the country, cutting off trade in food and fuel.

A week-long ceasefire brokered by the United Nations was meant to begin on Saturday to allow the delivery of aid. It failed to take hold, after Saudi Arabia refused to recognize the truce and continued air strikes. Rie Takumi and Reuters/KBK, GMA News

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