110 MALAYSIANS, 12 PAKISTANIS EVACUATED FROM YEMEN WITH SULTANATE’S SUPPORT

MUSCAT: As many as 110 Malaysians evacuated from Yemen have made a safe passage to their homeland through Oman. The group left Oman from Muscat on Saturday morning.

More Malaysian nationals are expected to be brought into the sultanate in the coming days. “We are in the midst of evacuating our countrymen in Yemen to a safer place before being flown to Malaysia,” H E Umardin Hj Abdul Mutalib, the Malaysian Ambassador to Oman told Muscat Daily.

Talking about the group of 110, he said they entered Oman through the Al Mazyona border in Dhofar and were put up in a Salalah hotel.

None from the group suffered any injury from the fighting in Yemen which has around 1,000 Malaysian expats.

“We have been able to rescue 110 citizens and are in process of doing more in the upcoming days. We don’t know how long this will take. It has been a week we are in Salalah for the rescue operation of our citizens. We hope to rescue another 200 to 300 more people,” H E Mutalib added.

Three buses with 50 Malaysian nationals on board each vehicle were expected to arrive in Oman through the Dhofar border.

Another bus, arranged by Singaporean authorities is also expected to arrive carrying Vietnamese, Cambodian, Singaporean and Malaysian nationals, the ambassador said. “We are extremely grateful to the Omani government for its support and assistance wherever required.”

Last week, the Pakistani Embassy had repatriated 12 nationals from Yemen in cooperation with Omani authorities and the Pakistan Social Club in Salalah.

Fazal Hussain, chairman of Pakistan Social Club in Salalah, said, “They stayed at the Yemen border for two days. After crossing into Oman, they were put up in Mazyona before being taken to Salalah.”

SOURCE: Muscat Daily