YEMEN Press Agency

Over 800 African refugees released, emergency declared in Aden

ADEN, March 18 (YPA) – Interior Minister in the government of exiled resigned president Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi ordered the release of more than 800 African refugees from Boriqa deportation center in the southern port city of Aden.

The refugees have been detained for years, including people with AIDS and some others belong to Daesh and al-Qaeda, Director of Refugee Affairs Department and Deportation in Aden, Colonel Khalid Al-Alwani, said.

Al-Alwani said he received a phone call from Hadi’s interior minister Ahmed al-Miseri, directing the halt of the nutrition allocations for refugees, as a means to pressure the department to release them.

He warned of dire consequences that might occur in the city if the orders of al-Miseri were carried out, holding him responsible for any future criminal events.

Directives of Hadi’s interior minister came less than 24 hours after his ministry and security services announced the state of emergency in the city of Aden, warning of terrorist attacks targeting government headquarters and foreign offices.