At least 200 U.N. staff, expats evacuated from Sanaa

United Nations Special envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar was due to join U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Arab League summit. (File photo: Reuters)

At least 200 U.N. staff and other expatriates were evacuated from the Yemeni capital on Saturday, as an Arab coalition pressed a bombing campaign against Shiite rebels in the city, aid workers said.

“More than 200 staff of the United Nations and foreign embassies and firms left through Sanaa airport on Saturday afternoon,” one aid worker told AFP, without specifying their destination.

Another source confirmed the evacuation of U.N. staff, saying that only “personnel necessary for emergency humanitarian missions” remained in Yemen.

U.N. envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar was also leaving Sanaa, sources close to him told AFP, adding that he would travel to the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to attend an Arab Summit.

A Saudi-led coalition bombing targets in Yemen has announced that the war-torn country’s airspace is completely under their control.

Coalition forces have bombed Huthi rebel targets near Sanaa’s airport, controlled by the Shiite militia.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44