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Published on May 29, 2012
Excerpt from the press briefing given by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Spokesman

Paris, May 22, 2012


Yemen – Evacuation of wounded to the military hospital in Djibouti
Last night, in response to an urgent request by the Yemeni authorities following the attack on 21 May, France evacuated, on a special flight, five seriously wounded people to the military hospital in Djibouti.

A C160 aircraft belonging to French forces based in Djibouti landed in Sana’a during the night of 21 to 22 May. French military doctors and our regional medical advisor responsible for Yemen identified those among the injured who would be most difficult to treat locally and evacuated them to Djibouti. The injured were treated at the military hospital this morning.

This action is in line with France’s commitment to the Yemeni authorities and people in this transition phase, which is especially important for Yemen’s future. It’s set to be supplemented in the coming days by other proposals for medical cooperation.

France strongly reaffirms her condemnation of this barbaric attack, which, on the eve of the meeting of the Friends of Yemen group, cost the lives of more than 100 Yemeni soldiers, and reaffirms her full support for the efforts of the Yemeni authorities, in particular President Hadi, to successfully complete the political transition and restore stability to the country.

In this respect, the meeting of the Friends of Yemen group tomorrow in Riyadh will mark an important new stage. France will be fully involved in it. (…)./.

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