Over 250 Ethiopians Airlifted from Yemen

ADDIS ABABA – About 252 Ethiopians have been repatriated from Yemen over the past two days, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The spokesperson office of the Ministry said about 92 citizens arrived at Addis Ababa bole international airport on Wednesday morning.

The remaining 162 nationals came back on Tuesday.

The ministry had to send a team involving experts from Immigration, Nationality and Vital Events Agency to Aden to issue laissez-passer for returnees.

The repatriation process has been conducted with the support of the UN migration agency, the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Upon their arrival, representatives from Consular Affairs Directorate General of the Ministry have welcomed them at Bole International Airport.

According to IOM, tens of thousands of desperately poor east Africans illegally cross the Gulf of Aden each year to reach Yemen and then to Saudi Arabia and a hoped-for better life. Their illegal status often lands them in jail.