Joint actions with the authorities of countries having nationals in a similar situation are underway to evacuate from war-battered Yemen another six Romanians plus a family member, informs a Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) release to Agerpres.
The crisis task force activated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, in charge with the evacuation of the Romanian citizens from Yemen, is proactively taking steps to assist and offer consular protection to the Romanians affected by the serious deterioration of the security situation in Yemen, the Foreign Ministry said.
Approaches by the crisis task force are also ongoing to keep permanent contact with all the countries involved in evacuation operations, with the employment of all available diplomatic and consular channels for the safe completion of the action.
The Foreign Ministry reminds that its website ran as early as 2011 a top-alert travel warning for Yemen reading “Major danger – immediately exit the area or country.”
“Besides having published this travel alert on the Foreign Ministry’s website, the warning was constantly brought to public attention throughout this interval via the Foreign Ministry’s two modern information tools: the SMS alert service launched in October 2012 ‘A SMS can save your life’, whereby the Romanians who enter a country considered risky are given the coordinates of the nearest Romanian diplomatic mission, and the application ‘Travel safely’, launched in 2014, and which can be downloaded on any smartphone,” reads the release.
A Romanian citizen and a relative were evacuated on Sunday from Yemen, while four Romanian citizens and a family member were taken out of this country on Saturday. These rescue actions follow the evacuation on March 30, aboard a Chinese frigate headed for Djibouti, of three Romanians employed with a local company; the three were later repatriated. Also, 14 Romanian citizens, experts of a Romanian company with work activities in Yemen, made a safe arrival home on the evening of March 25.