Houthi rebels stop Pakistani convoy from fleeing conflict in Yemen
A Pakistani convoy attempting to flee the conflict in Yemen was stopped on Saturday at a check post by Houthi rebels and warned to return, Express News reported.
The convoy, consisting of 15 buses, had left Sanaa for Hudaidah.
According to unofficial estimates, 560 Pakistanis are stranded in the besieged Yemeni capital of Sanaa. Pakistan’s foreign ministry officials say around 2,145 Pakistanis are currently living in Yemen.
Earlier, the Foreign Office said every effort is being made for the safe evacuation of Pakistanis from Yemen, as the second day of Saudi-led airstrikes in the area continues.
Taking to social networking site Twitter, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said evacuation of Pakistani citizens is a priority but airports in Yemen are closed and the ground routes are not safe.
However, all possibilities are being reviewed in order to ensure safe exit of Pakistanis.
“We are in contact with them for possible joint movement of people in convoys under security.”
Aslam further said, Pakistan is in contact with the neighboring countries of Yemen for evacuation of Pakistanis there without visa by any ‘safe means’.