Fleeing violence, hundreds of Yemenis shelter in Djibouti

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Posted: Apr 09, 2015 11:47 AM

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says more than 300 Yemenis fleeing violence at home have arrived in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti.

Frederic Van Hamme said the agency had registered 243 people and that 65 more people arrived on Thursday.

Other Yemenis have sought refuge in Eritrea and Somalia, reversing a trend in which refugees fleeing violence and poverty in Somalia and Eritrea have crossed the waters into Yemen.

The International Committee of the Red Cross is scaling up its operations in Djibouti in anticipation of a possible influx of Yemeni refugees, Jason Straziuso, the East Africa spokesman for the agency, said Thursday.

At least 643 civilians and combatants have been killed in fighting in Yemen since March 19, according to the World Health Organization.