As eight Cambodian students wait to be evacuated from the embattled Yemeni capital of Sanaa, Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said Wednesday 12 others have been located in the country.
Mr. Kuong said the Cambodian Embassy in Kuwait had stated 12 other Cambodian students are in Yemen, but not in danger.
“The other…12 students are far away from the place that has a problem,” Mr. Kuong said.
“They are 800 km from Sanaa.” Last year, Houthi rebels took control of Sanaa and much of the country’s north and have now expanded their campaign to the south. A Saudi-led coalition began an air campaign on March 26 against Houthi positions, many of them in Sanaa.
Mr. Kuong said the eight original students are in a “safe place” in the capital and are being looked after by the Malaysian Embassy.
Of the eight students in Sanaa, six are from Kompong Cham province, one is from Koh Kong and one from Siem Reap, Mr. Kuong said.
The other 12 have not yet been identified, he added. Officials said earlier this week the students are Cham Muslims studying religion and Arabic.