A total number of 337 Bangladesh Nationals, including 14 women and 13 children, who were stranded in Yemen, have arrived safe and sound and in good health at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport today (19 April 2015) early in the morning from Kerala, India, by Bangladesh Biman special flights No. BG 1012 and BG 1098.
State minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. ShahriarAlam received them at the airport. Additional Foreign Secretary Mr. Mizanur Rahman, Director General (Consular & Welfare) and Director General (External Publicity) were also present at the airport at that time.
These 337 Bangladesh nationals were evacuated from the cities of Saana, Hodeida and Aden by Indian Naval Ships (INS) and were brought to Kochi sea port Kerala, India by two Indian passenger ships for their eventual repatriation to Bangladesh. Among them 272 were on board in one Ship named MV Corals and 65 were on board the other ship MV Kavaratti. They were received by Urban Development Minister of Kerala and the officials from the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi and Deputy High Commission in Mumbai at Kochi sea port.
Mentionable that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been conducting repatriation of Bangladeshis stranded in the war-torn Yemen at the directives of the Hon’ble Prime Minister and under direct supervision of the Hon’ble Foreign Minister.
In order for coordination and monitoring of the whole repatriation process, Ministry of Foreign Affairs set up a “Repatriation Control Room” in Djibouti headed by Bangladesh Ambassador in Kuwait Major General Mr. Mohammad Ashab Uddin and a “Repatriation Coordination Cell” in the Foreign Ministry headed by Additional Foreign Secretary Mr. Mizanur Rahman.
Another batch of 136 Bangladeshi nationals including 5 women and 5 children who were evacuated from Hodeida, Yemen on 15 April 2015 by Indian Naval Ship (INS)-Sumitra and reached Djibouti on 16 April 2015 are now awaiting their final repatriation to Bangladesh. Ministry of Foreign Affairs has arranged their accommodation, food and other logistics during their stay in Djibouti. They will stay there till their departure for Bangladesh by Bangladesh Biman special flight scheduled on 21 April 2015 arranged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.