A crew member guides a girl to board a Chinese navy vessel in Aden Harbor, Yemen, March 29, 2015. China is withdrawing hundreds of citizens from Yemen with the help of Chinese warships, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Monday. Hua told a daily press briefing that China has already moved 122 citizens from Yemen to Djibouti. (Xinhua/Xiong Libing)
A crew member guides a girl to board a Chinese navy vessel in Aden Harbor, Yemen, March 29, 2015. China is withdrawing hundreds of citizens from Yemen with the help of Chinese warships, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Monday. Hua told a daily press briefing that China has already moved 122 citizens from Yemen to Djibouti. (Xinhua/Xiong Libing)

China sent a naval fleet to help evacuate its citizens from Yemen as the conflict worsens, the Defence Ministry said Monday.

Chinese citizens wait to get on the a navy frigate to leave Yemen, in the al-Hodayda port in western Yemen, on March 30, 2015. Four hundred and forty-nine Chinese nationals left the Yemeni coastal city of Al-Hodayda on Monday aboard a Chinese navy frigate. On Sunday, 122 other Chinese nationals were evacuated from the Yemeni city of Aden and have already arrived in Djibouti. (Xinhua/Hani Ali)
Chinese citizens wait to get on the a navy frigate to leave Yemen, in the al-Hodayda port in western Yemen, on March 30, 2015. Four hundred and forty-nine Chinese nationals left the Yemeni coastal city of Al-Hodayda on Monday aboard a Chinese navy frigate. On Sunday, 122 other Chinese nationals were evacuated from the Yemeni city of Aden and have already arrived in Djibouti. (Xinhua/Hani Ali)

The fleet that had been carrying out escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters was dispatched for the evacuation Sunday, it said.

The government made the decision after Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes on its southern neighbour last week.

GNA

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