A boat carrying around 1000 Somali refugees from Yemen is expected to dock at Bossaso port of Semi-autonomous regional state of Puntlandon Tuesday, hours according .
The boat which reportedly set out a day before, is ferrying Somalis including women and children who fled away the escalating Yemen violence.
These Somalis, whom their lives were at the mercy Yemen violence, have been resting under the shade of Yemen since the government of late Mohamed Siyad Barre deposed by rebellions.
Hundreds of thousands of Somalis fleeing civil war in Somalia crossed to Yemen over the past twenty five years.
Puntland government has earlier announced ministerial level committee to work on and closely monitor the increasing voilance in Yemen and Somali refugees arriving Puntland in large numbers.
On the other hand, Puntland has also called its people to welcome and host Somali people who are fleeing Yemen in fear for their lives.
Due to the escalating conflict in Yemen, Somali refugees who fled Somalia’s civil war early 1990s have been pouring back to Puntland, Especially Bossaso, a port town that lies hours ride from Yemeni’s main towns of San’a and Add’an.
It was yesterday, Somalia airlifted 95 nationals from the war-ravaged Yemen as part of the government’s effort to evacuate its citizens from the Arabian Peninsula nation.
13th May this year, a boat carrying over 1700 Somali refugees from Yemen has docked at Bossaso port of Semi-autonomous regional state of Puntland.
Yemen became home for ferocious fighting between the internationally recognized government and the Houthis, who have taken control of large swaths of Yemen.
The brawl claimed thousands of lives and displaced hundreds of thousands including Yemenis and Somali refugees who escaped the conflict and hardships in their country before civil war eruption in Yemen.
Since 1st April, 6000 of Somali refugees started to return home by themselves with small boats. They accused the government of ‘’failing’’ to intervene the situation of the trapped citizens.
Life went from bad to worse for the Somalis living in Yemen after the federal government revealed that it is supporting the on-going Saudi-led military offensive against the Houthi rebels who are fighting to take over internationally recognized government.
Somali government promised to dispatch ships and planes for the evacuation of Somalis caught in Yemen’s conflict.
It was on 27th April when Director of the Parliament Mohamed Iyow told Goobjoog that the parliament has approved to send two ships to evacuate Somalis in Yemen.
While other foreign nationals have been evacuated from the impoverished gulf nation, the federal government has not yet moved to evacuate its citizens despite announcing plans to bring back them home.