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CHKALOVSKY AIRPORT, April 5. /TASS/. Fourth Russian plane over several last days has landed at Chkalovsky Airport in the Moscow Region with evacuated people from Yemen onboard, a TASS correspondent reported from the scene on Sunday.
Onboard Il-62 were citizens of Russia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Yemen, Kyrgyzstan, Cuba and Iraq. Around 160 people arrived in Moscow, including 23 children.
The flight from Yemen’s capital Sanaa to Moscow took more than eight hours. The plane made a stop in Egypt’s Cairo on the way for refueling.
All those who arrived in Moscow are going through medical examination and customs. Then, special buses will take refugees to hotels, airports and railway stations.
People thanked Russia and noted good work of the Russian embassy in Yemen.
This is already the fourth Russian plane with evacuated people from Yemen. Two Russian planes brought 311 evacuated people from the war-torn country to Moscow late on April 2. The third plane arrived in Moscow late on Saturday with around 160 people onboard.
The situation in Yemen started to rapidly deteriorate at the beginning of last week. Shiite rebels gained control over large part of the country. Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi fled the country.
A coalition of Persian Gulf countries led by Saudi Arabia launched a military operation in Yemen and started delivering airstrikes at rebel positions in the country. The coalition is currently considering launching a ground operation in Yemen to oust Houthis.