April 3, 2015 / 10:43 AM / 2 years ago

Turkish Navy evacuates 55 citizens from Yemen, foreign minister on Twitter

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish naval frigate on Friday evacuated 55 Turkish citizens from the city of Aden in war-torn Yemen, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter.

Aden is the last stronghold of fighters loyal to Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who fled the city eight days ago amid mounting violence with Iran-backed Shi'ite Houthi fighters. A Saudi-led coalition has hit the rebels with air strikes over the past week.

Reporting by Orhan Coskun and Ayla Jean Yackley; editing by David Dolan

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