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Red Cross aids Yemen fight Britons

Specially-trained volunteers have been sent to help Britons forced to flee fierce fighting in Yemen, the Red Cross has said.

The aid workers have been dispatched to help those who left the city of Aden, where a Saudi-led coalition has targeted advancing Houthi rebels with air strikes.

The volunteers are part of a Foreign Office team assisting Britons arriving by boat in Djibouti.

Simon Lewis, head of emergency response at the British Red Cross, said: "Many of the people who have had to leave their homes have faced a harrowing journey by sea to safety in Djibouti and it is likely they have had to leave everything behind.

"Our volunteers will be on hand to help them and their relatives at this traumatic time."

Britons in Yemen were advised to leave immediately in February after the UK embassy was shut following a takeover of the country by the rebels.

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