THE Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) has said it is deeply concerned about the ongoing armed conflict in Yemen and has urged Singaporean students to leave while it is possible to do so.
"Muis has been in contact with Singaporean students in Yemen and has sent an officer to Oman to support MFA's efforts in facilitating the evacuation of Singaporeans from Yemen, and their subsequent onward departure to Singapore," the council said in a statement yesterday.
"Muis is ready to render assistance to the remaining students who wish to return."
Dr Mohd Fatris Bakaram, Mufti of Singapore, said: "Our priority has always been the safety and well-being of our students, and their loved ones who are with them. We therefore urge them to leave while it is still possible to do so.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with them in these troubled times, and we wish them a safe return to Singapore. We also pray for a swift resolution of the conflict and for peace to return to Yemen."
Singaporeans or the next-of- kin of Singaporeans who are still in Yemen can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Duty Officer (24 hours) on +65-6379- 8800/8855 or mfa-duty-officer @mfa.gov.sg.
Parents of students who require assistance may also contact Muis in person, call +65-6359- 1447/1199 or e-mail info@muis. gov.sg
This article was first published on Apr 15, 2015.
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