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Evacuation of wounded to the military hospital in Djibouti (May 22, 2012)

Last night, in response to an urgent request by the Yemeni authorities following the attack on May 21, France evacuated, on a special flight, 5 seriously injured persons to the military hospital in Djibouti.

A C160 aircraft belonging to French forces based in Djibouti landed in Sana’a during the night of May 21/ 22. 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 falls in line with France’s commitment to the Yemeni authorities and people in this transition phase that is especially important for Yemen’s future. It’s slated to be supplemented in the coming days by other proposals for medical cooperation.

France strongly reaffirms its condemnation of this vicious 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 its full support for the efforts of the Yemeni authorities, in particular those of President Hadi, to successfully complete the political transition and restore stability in 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 this process.


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