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Two Russian planes carrying 118 people fleeing Yemen conflict land in Moscow

July 16, 2015, 2:58 UTC+3
Over the past six years - between 2008 and 2014 - Russia’s Emergencies Ministry has carried out five humanitarian operations on providing aid to the Yemen Republic
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MOSCOW, July 16./TASS/. Two planes of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations carrying nationals of Russia, former Soviet republics and other states, fleeing a conflict in Yemen, have landed at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, Tass reports from the airport.

There are 17 children among 118 passengers. Most of the evacuated are nationals of Uzbekistan and Yemen, 42 and 42 accordingly. The plane also brought to Moscow 13 Russians, eight Ukrainian nationals, seven citizens of Tajikistan, three of Moldova, two Ethiopians and one Azerbaijani national.

The passengers were accompanied by doctors from the Centrospas rescue team as well as psychologists from the ministry’s Center of emergency psychological aid.

The deputy director of the ministry’s department for international activity, Alexander Tomashov, said earlier that the evacuation carried out in teamwork with the Russian Foreign Ministry was a second stage of ministry’s humanitarian mission in Yemen.

On Wednesday, two Russian planes delivered to Yemen more than 46 tonnes of humanitarian aid consisting of canned meat and fish, baby food, sugar and other necessities upon the Russian government’s decree.

Over the past six years - between 2008 and 2014 - Russia’s Emergencies Ministry has carried out five humanitarian operations on providing aid to the Yemen Republic.

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