COLOMBO, April 3 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan government on Friday said that eight of its nationals had safely left Yemen as fighting intensifies in this country.
Out of the eight, three had reached Djibouti in the early hours of Friday while five others were on their way via sea, an official from the Foreign Ministry in Colombo said.
The government this week said it is making arrangements to evacuate at least 100 of its citizens stranded in Yemen as fighting escalates between the Houthi rebels and the Saudi military forces.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in coordination with the Sri Lanka Embassy in Muscat, which is concurrently accredited to Yemen, is exploring all possible avenues to ensure the safe return of the Sri Lankans.
The government has already requested China, India and the UN to help evacuate the Sri Lankan citizens trapped in Yemen.