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Escape from Yemen

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 - 01:19

A Pakistani naval ship docks at Karachi port with 146 Pakistanis and 36 foreigners rescued from war-torn Yemen on board. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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They wave flags and shout, as their ship arrives in Karachi -- relief as they've escaped Yemen. Nearly 150 Pakistanis and 36 foreigners are on board. They are fleeing war-torn Yemen where a Saudi led-coalition is battling Iran-backed Houthi rebels. A Philippine national describes violence spreading throughout the country. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED PHILIPPINES NATIONAL RESCUED FROM YEMEN BY PAKISTANI WARSHIP, SAYING: "In Sanaa, its been bombing and gun fighting and then on the streets in Aden and possibly now also in Mukalla. So that's the condition in Yemen right now. You cannot predict what will happen." A relieved Scottish national says he found sanctuary aboard the ship (SOUNDBITE) (English) SCOTTISH NATIONAL RESCUED FROM YEMEN BY PAKISTANI WARSHIP, JOHN SPEARS, SAYING: "They really looked after us. We are like kings here, like royalty. It's the best time we've ever had traveling anywhere. So well done, Pakistan navy." Saudi Arabia has asked Pakistan to join the coalition in Yemen. So far, its an offer Islamabad is refusing. Pakistan's Prime Minister told a special session of Parliament Tuesday that the country is in "no hurry" to join the offensive in Yemen.

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Escape from Yemen

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 - 01:19