MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The second Russian aircraft bringing about 150 Russian and foreign citizens from the conflict-torn Yemen has landed at the Chkalovsky Airport in the Moscow Region, a RIA Novosti correspondent reports.
It is the seventh flight from Yemen in the last two weeks and the second one over the past 24 hours, carried out by Russian pilots.
On Sunday, Sputnik reported that two Russian planes evacuating a total of 366 people took off from the airport of Yemen's capital Sanaa heading for Moscow. The first Russian IL-62 aircraft arrived in Moscow Region earlier in the day, bringing citizens of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Yemen to Russia.
The situation in Yemen has been tense in recent months due to violent clashes between Houthi militants and troops loyal to President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
Late in March, Hadi asked the Arab League for military aid and, following his appeal, a Saudi Arabia-led coalition began hitting Houthi positions in Yemen with airstrikes.
The escalation of hostilities prompted a number of states including Russia, China and India to start evacuating people from Yemen.