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11 Bangladeshis back home from Yemen
Saleem Samad
Published : Saturday, 11 April, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 201
The first batch of 11 Bangladeshis evacuated from Yemen arrived in Dhaka on Friday evening.
Until April 10, a total of 304 Bangladesh nationals were evacuated from Yemen to Djibouti. Out of them 272 Bangladesh nationals were rescued by Indian Naval Ship from Hodeida and 20 have been evacuated by Air India from Sanaa.
The rest 287 Bangladeshis are currently staying in Djibouti, according to a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On Tuesday, Bangladesh evacuated 23 of its nationals with the help of India through air and seaway from war-torn Yemen.
Bangladesh officials stationed in Djibouti said that the evacuated Bangladeshis were now in Djibouti, a tiny state in Red Sea and they would soon be brought back home.
This information was shared in social media Facebook by State Minister Shahriar Alam on Friday morning. He regretted "I can't receive them as I am visiting storm-hit unions in my constituency (Charghat - Baghain Rajshahi)."
He, however did not forget to thank the Government of India for rescuing stranded Bangladeshis in Yemen and Bangladesh officials who are still in Djibouti, he posted on Facebook.
A recent tweet by Indian High Commission in Bangladesh (@ihcdhaka) claimed that the final number of Bangladesh nationals "evacuated by INS Sumitra from Al Hudaydah was 272 including 5 women and 5 children."
"We've evacuated them in three small groups through two Air India flights and ship from Yemen's capital Sana'a and Al Hudaydah city," said Counsellor at the Bangladesh Embassy in Kuwait, SM Mahbubul Alam, who is in Djibouti told private news agency UNB.
Some 1500-2,500 Bangladesh expatriates are living in embattled Yemen, and majority in Aden, and most of them are not interested to come back home, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
As civil war engulfed most of the Yemen's strategic cities and vital sea ports and international airport, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has wrapped up the evacuation and tweeted on Thursday evening in the popular social media platform "Mission Accomplished".
Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in her tweet on Thursday wrote: The evacuation operation from Yemen is over.....we are closing our Embassy there (Djibouti).

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