Shia Houthis allow Pakistanis to leave Sanaa


SHAFAQNA – A convoy of more than 500 Pakistani expatriates was allowed by Yemen’s Shia Houthis to leave Sanaa on Saturday after checking necessary documents. The stranded Pakistani families left the Yemeni capital of Sanaa for Hudaydah in the form of a convoy. One Pakistani, who was part of the fleeing expatriates, told media that their convoy was stopped by the Houthis at a check-post outside the city for an hour. He said that Pakistani envoy held talks with the Houthis and requested them to allow the convoy to proceed.

Shah Zain, another Pakistani expatriate, said that 30 families were stuck in Aden. “We are taking shelter in one home and unable to contact the Pakistani embassy,” he said, appealing for help. Zain said that there was a curfew in Aden. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif contacted the Pakistan Embassy in Yemen and directed the Ambassador to take all measures possible to ensure safety and security of each and every member of the Pakistani community till their evacuation from the country.

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