Nine Yemenis deported from the U. S. in the
wake of President Donald Trump’s travel ban
were flown to Ethiopia, then taken to neighbouring
Djibouti, an Ethiopian government official said on
Friday.

The Yemenis, blocked by Trump’s executive
orders barring travel to America by people from
Yemen and six other Muslim-majority countries,
had asked to go to Djibouti, just over the Red Sea
from their home country, the official added.

“The only reason they came to Addis Ababa was
because Ethiopian Airlines has flights from Addis
Ababa to Washington,” government spokesman
Negeri Lencho said, without going into details on
when they traveled.

At the shortest point, Djibouti and Yemen lie about
30 kilometres (20 miles) apart at the southern
mouth of the Red Sea.

Trump’s orders, that the White House says are
necessary for national security, have triggered
protests across the U. S. and beyond.

Democratic attorneys general in several U.S.
states have called them unconstitutional.


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