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Cambodia evacuates 8 citizens from conflict-hit Yemen

Xinhua, April 4, 2015 Adjust font size:

Cambodia has evacuated eight Cambodian Muslim students stranded in conflict in Yemen, Koy Kuong, a spokesman for the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Saturday. "The Cambodian Embassy to Kuwait has closely cooperated with the Malaysian Embassy to Yemen to evacuate 8 Cambodian Muslim students from Yemen because the current situation in this country could not guarantee security for our citizens," he said in a news statement. "Currently, the 8 Cambodian Muslim students are staying in a safe place during the waiting for the return to Cambodia," he said.

Security sharply deteriorated in Yemen since early March when conflict erupted in several provinces in the country's southern regions. The conflict killed more than 500 people over the past two weeks.

The Shiite Houthi group launched attacks on Aden city, which Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi declared as the temporary capital after he fled weeks of house arrest by the Houthis in the capital Sanaa.

Last Thursday, a Saudi-led coalition started airstrikes on Houthi targets in Sanaa and other cities, saying the multinational action was to protect Hadi's legitimacy and force the Houthis to retreat from cities it seized since September 2014. Endi