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Irish citizen among those rescued from Yemen by China

NewsBy Karl Doyle
Militiamen loyal to Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi take positions at a street in Aden
Militiamen loyal to Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi take positions at a street in Aden

An Irish citizen is among those evacuated from war-torn Yemen, it has been confirmed.

The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that the citizen was among the 225 people taken from the turbulent nation on the Chinese missile frigate ‘Linyi’.

In total there were 176 people from Pakistan with the rest come from Ethiopia, Singapore, Italy, Germany, Poland, Ireland, Britain, Canada and Yemen.

It is seen as a huge step forward in China’s burgeoning humanitarian relief effort as they continue to play more of a part on the world stage.

Yemen's Shiite rebels and their allies fought their way through the commercial centre of Aden and seized the presidential palace on a strategic hilltop in this southern coastal city, security officials said yesterday.

The capture was a major blow to the Saudi-led coalition, which has been carrying out airstrikes for a week now across Yemen, including in the capital, Sanaa, in a campaign meant to halt the advance of the Iran-backed rebels known as Houthis.

The Maasheeq palace in Aden - a cluster of colonial-era villas perched atop a rocky hill that juts into the Arabian Sea - was president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's last seat of power before he fled to Saudi Arabia last month in the face of the Houthi advance. He had earlier fled to Aden from rebel-held Sanaa.