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Germany flies over 100 people from contested Yemen to Djibouti

As the crisis in Yemen continues to unfold, the German government has flown over 100 European nationals and their relatives safely to Djibouti. Violence in the country has killed hundreds in the past three weeks.

The German government said it has flown more than German citizens, along with numerous citizens of other European Union countries and their Yemeni relatives out of Yemen.

On a plane chartered from a Jordanian airline, the flight from the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, landed safely in Djibouti on Friday, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The German ministry also thanked the governments of Saudi Arabia, Djibouti and Jordan for their support but didn't provide additional details on the evacuation.

The Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes in Yemen in an attempt to push back Shiite Houthi rebels, who Saudi Arabia says are backed by Iran. Following the crisis in Yemen, President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi had fled the southern Yemeni city of Aden to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.

The United Nations said about 150,000 people had been driven from their homes by three weeks of air strikes and ground fighting, with more than 750 people killed.

ra/bw (AP, tagesschau)

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