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Govt to evacuate Indians in Yemen

delhi Updated: Jun 05, 2011 01:19 IST
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Amid fears of Yemen moving unalterably into a war-like situation, New Delhi is planning to evacuate the more than 10,000 strong Indian population from the Arab nation.

The government has also made arrangements for those who want to take commercial flights to leave Yemen. Since May 27, more than 1,000 Indians have left the country.

But reports from the Indian mission in Yemen suggest that it is very difficult for the authorities to take the people — who stay close to the capital, Sanaa — to the airport, with the streets witnessing fierce gun-battles.

A senior government official said “people are reluctant to leave their homes”, as the chances of the implementation of the transition of power agreement are slim, while the truce between the government and tribesmen is fragile.

The official said there was hardly any possibility of the situation improving, especially after Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has ruled Yemen for 32 years, was injured on Friday.

Meanwhile, Yemeni and Saudi officials dismissed reports on Arabiya TV that Saleh had left for neighbouring Saudi Arabia, where six wounded officials, including the prime minister, have gone for medical treatment.

Global powers have been pressing Saleh to sign a Gulf-brokered deal to end rule. Leaving Yemen, even for medical care, would make it hard for him to retain power and could be seen as the first step in a transfer of leadership.

Four months into a bloody revolt, worries are mounting that Yemen, already on the brink of financial ruin and home to al Qaeda militants, could become a failed state that poses a threat to the world's top oil exporting region and to global security.