(ReliableNews.org) – In mid-March, Yemen closed its airports and borders to stop the spread of COVID-19. That left thousands of Americans stranded in the country. They’re asking the State Department for help to get them out.
On June 28 and July 1, two State Department flights brought about 300 people home. Those were the only flights scheduled for now, but there are still more people stuck there. Ahmed Mohamed, the litigation director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told Fox News he estimates more than 1,500 citizens are still in Yemen. The US government has received at least 2,000 requests for flights.
.@TheAhmedMohamed Ahmed Mohamed, litigation director for CAIR, told @FoxNews Friday that the organization has received over 500 requests of assistance from Americans stuck in #Yemen, and the State Department has received over 2,000. @CAIRNewYork https://t.co/1C6u1kbbNU
— CAIR National (@CAIRNational) July 4, 2020
The Yemeni Civil War has left more than 100,000 people dead since 2015. It began after Iranian backed rebels took over the country’s capital. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said most of the people in Yemen need “lifesaving aid.”
4 out of every 5 people in Yemen need lifesaving aid in what is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.
Ending the war is the only solution.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) June 2, 2020
The situation in the country is dire; the Americans there need to come home. The State Department told Fox News it’s trying to get the US citizens and permanent residents out, but the airport closures are complicating the issue, but it’s working on the problem.
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