ROMPIN, Malaysia - The 30 Malaysians who initially wanted to remain in Yemen are now requesting to be rescued from the conflict zone.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said he had received reports that the fighting had intensified in Aden and Sana'a with the Houthi rebels getting more aggressive.
"We are now working to put together an evacuation operation to bring out our citizens. Fortunately, the Hercules C-130 we deployed in the United Arab Emirates earlier is now in Jeddah.
"They could have been back in Malaysia by now if they had left with the initial evacuation effort in Hodeidah," he said after launching the Barisan Nasional Wanita Rompin by-election machinery here, Tuesday.
However, Hishammuddin said there would be no compromise when it came to ensuring the safety of Malaysians caught in the war-torn country.
"With the bombings and the aggressive actions of Houthi rebels in Sana'a and Hodeidah, it will make the evacuation more difficult though," he added.