MEA sets up helplines for Indians and PIOs in Yemen

New Delhi: With over 10,000 Indians and PIOs (Persons of Indian Origin) still in violence-hit Yemen where nearly 200 people have been killed, the External Affairs Ministry has set up helplines for them.

Pointing out that it has already advised Indian nationals in Yemen to exit the country through available commercial means, the Ministry today said "keeping in view the evolving situation and to provide information/assistance to Indian nationals or their family members, MEA and the Embassy of India in Yemeni capital Sana`a have set up help lines."

Over 10,000 PIOs and Indian nationals are still in Yemen, the Ministry said in a release here.

Violence appears to have outpaced Yemen`s peaceful pro-democracy protests as fighting between government forces and a prominent tribal militia has broken out in various parts of the country, taking it dangerously close to a civil war.