China evacuating from Yemen, suspending anti-piracy patrols

2015-03-30 12:12


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Beijing - China is evacuating its citizens from Yemen and suspending anti-piracy patrols in the area amid growing violence in the country.

State media reported on Monday that three navy ships were diverted to the port of Aden to rescue about 500 Chinese nationals caught in the conflict. No Chinese have been reported killed or injured in the fighting that now threatens a potentially dangerous clash between US-allied Arab states and Iran.

The official China Shipowners' Association said on its website it had been notified that China was temporarily halting its participation in multinational patrols in the Gulf of Aden aimed at Somali pirates. The notice said it wasn't clear when the patrols would resume and Defense Ministry spokesmen could not immediately be reached for comment.

China joined the patrols in December 2008.

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