US urges citizens to flee Yemen by sea

2015-04-07 10:22
An armed Shi'ite Huthi rebel stands guard in the old city of the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (Mohammed Huwais, AFP)

An armed Shi'ite Huthi rebel stands guard in the old city of the Yemeni capital Sanaa. (Mohammed Huwais, AFP)

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Washington - The United States admitted on Monday that it has no immediate plans to rescue its nationals stranded in war-torn Yemen and urged them to flee the raging conflict by sea.

State department spokesperson Marie Harf could not tell reporters how many American civilians are thought to be caught up in the conflict, as citizens of other nations take to ships.

But she said US authorities would contact those that it could, and advise them of opportunities to board ships from allied nations docking to pick up their own nationals.

"At this point, we have encouraged all US citizens to shelter and secure locations until they're able to depart safely. The airports are still closed, is my understanding," she said.

A protest website representing Yemeni Americans, stuckinyemen.com has accused Washington of abandoning dual nationals last month it its haste to close its embassy in Yemen.

Asked about a claim that 200 US citizens have signed up to the site, Harf said officials had been unable to confirm the figure and urged them to sign on to a State Department list.

France has evacuated 63 foreign nationals from the Yemeni port of Balhaf and frigates from the Chinese and Indian navies have rescued 450 and 100 people respectively from Hodeida.
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