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Ministry says Jordanians in Yemen safe, in touch

By Dana Al Emam - Mar 29,2015 - Last updated at Mar 29,2015

AMMAN — There are no reported cases of injuries or accidents among Jordanians in Yemen, an official said on Sunday.

Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry Sabah Al Rafie said the ministry is following up on the conditions of Jordanian nationals in Yemen and communicating with students there “round-the-clock”.

“There are no Jordanian diplomats in Yemen; we only have administrative staff that performs duties towards the Jordanian community in Yemen,” she told The Jordan Times over phone.

“We urge Jordanians in Yemen to remain in contact with the ministry and its operations room,” she said. They can call the ministry on mobile number 00967733820073, and the ministry’s operations room at 0096265501444, or 0096265735166 in cases of emergency. 

She added that Jordanians in Yemen reach up to 1,000 in number, including some 350 students at Yemeni universities. 

In a recent statement, the ministry urged Jordanians not to travel to Yemen due to the current situation, urging Jordanian citizens in Yemen to exercise caution, take prudent security measures and stay away from areas of clashes.

The Saudi Arabia-led operation against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, which started on Thursday, is aimed at supporting legitimacy in Yemen and its security, as well as the region’s stability, according to the intervention allies. 

Saudi Arabia acted after the Houthis, backed by Yemeni army troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, advanced on Aden, threatening the southern city where President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi is based.

Regional players involved in the Saudi operation include the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Jordan, according to Al Arabiya satellite channel, which said Egypt also announced political and military support.

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