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Russian embassy in Yemen’s Aden looted by marauders

April 02, 2015, 20:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW
After an explosion shook an area near the Russian consulate, caused presumably by an air-dropped bomb, the building was looted by marauders, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman told informed
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MOSCOW, April 2. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said on Thursday the country’s consulate general in Yemen's southern port city of Aden had been looted.

Lukashevich noted that after an explosion shook an area near the Russian consulate, caused presumably by an air-dropped bomb, the building was looted by marauders.

"It is very difficult amid the chaos of war to determine who is to blame," the diplomat said, adding that the ministry would continue to monitor the situation.

"Yemen's Interior Ministry has provided guarantees that the consulate building will be protected after the evacuation of its staff," he said, noting however that it was hard to be sure about any kind of immunity under those circumstances.

It was a good thing that the consulate’s staff had been evacuated in advance, Lukashevich said. "We hope that we will also manage to evacuate our citizens from Djibouti," he added.

Lukashevich said earlier in the day that two Russian planes arrived in Yemen’s capital Sanaa to evacuate Russian nationals from the war-torn country. The two planes are expected to arrive in Moscow late in the evening.

The first plane carrying some 160 people on board is flying to Cairo now, while the second plane, with around 150 people on board, will fly to Djibouti for refuelling before heading to the Russian capital.

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