Russia sends two planes to evacuate nationals from Yemen

Last Updated: Sun, Jun 12, 2011 13:00 hrs

Moscow, June 12 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia Sunday sent two planes to Yemen to evacuate its nationals willing to leave the country, which is teetering on the brink of a civil war.

Russia's Emergencies Ministry dispatched an Il-76 and an Il-62 aircraft for the evacuation. There are about 1,000 Russians in Yemen.

A pro-democracy uprising against the 33-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh has snowballed into an armed conflict drawing in US air strikes.

Saleh was badly wounded in a bomb attack on his compound last Friday in Sana'a, the capital of Yemen. The government said the 69-year-old leader, who is being treated in Saudi Arabia, would return to work within a week despite reports that burns cover 40 percent of his body.

--IANS/RIA Novosti


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