The Ethiopian government has continued to evacuate thousands of citizens who are stranded in Yemen’s roiling violence.
Spokes person for the Ethiopian ministry of foreign affairs, Tewelde Mulgeta on Thursday said some 2,000 nationals have arrived home during the past week alone.
Up on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole international Airport, the repatriates are being welcomed on daily basis by government officials from the ministry of foreign affairs.
Approached by Sudan Tribune, arrivals, who most are women were overwhelmed with gratitude to the urgent response by the Ethiopian government and called for more coordinated effort to evacuate for those thousands who remained behind.
According to the government official, hundreds more will be repatriated via Saudi Arabia in the weeks to come.
The repatriation operation is underway in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM)
The horn of Africa’s nation intends to evacuate at least 50,000 Ethiopians stranded following the fighting erupted in March between Houthi rebels and forces loyal to ousted president.