UN migration agency repatriates 102 Ethiopian migrants from Yemen's capital

Source: Xinhua| 2018-11-27 02:19:28|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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SANAA, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- The International Organization for Migration repatriated 102 Ethiopian migrants who voluntarily left the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Monday, the UN agency said in a statement.

"The group boarded a UN chartered flight in a first airborne trip through Sanaa International Airport since 2015," the statement said.

Another 400 Ethiopian migrants will return home from Yemen this week in four chartered flights, it added.

Yemen has been devastated by deadly war and all-out blockade since March 2015, with commercial flights via Sanaa airport being stopped as part of the blockade imposed by a Saudi-led coalition.

The war pits the Yemeni internationally recognized government backed by the Saudi-led coalition against the Iran-allied Shiite Houthi rebels who seized control of the capital Sanaa and much of the country's north in late 2014.

The war has killed more than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, displaced 3 million others, triggering the world's biggest humanitarian and economic crisis which pushed over 25 million people to the brink of famine, according to UN humanitarian agencies.

The UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths left Sanaa on Saturday after a visit, during which the rebels pledged to attend the upcoming peace talks in Sweden and demanded the re-opening of Sanaa International Airport for humanitarian and commercial flights.