Dozens of unidentified foreign troops reported disembarking in the port of Aden turned out to be Chinese soldiers maintaining security as an unknown party opened fire on a vessel evacuating foreign citizens, a Yemeni official told Sputnik.
“A Chinese military ship arrived in the port to evacuate Chinese citizens…a skirmish which occurred during the evacuation led to the disembarkation of Chinese soldiers stationed on the ship to protect civilians,” said Abd ar-Rabb al-Khalyaky, the deputy head of the port union council. After the evacuation, the soldiers returned to the vessel, he said adding that the situation has calmed down.
Update:Chinese Nationals Evacuate Yemen on PLA Navy Frigate -- Shannon Tiezzi, The Diplomat
WNU Editor: Every country who has nationals in Yemen are bailing out .... War In Yemen: China Warship Docks In Aden To Evacuate Diplomats, Workers; India, Pakistan Begin Airlifting Nationals Out Of Embattled Country (IBTimes). But what caught my eye about this story is that it appears that China has developed the ability to quickly and effectively deploy its forces thousands of miles away by using its naval assets. This is something that they were not able to do just only a few years ago.