Yemen update: Around 2300 Indians evacuated


yemen_crisisimageimg_271x181In one of the largest rescue operations, India managed to evacuate 670 Indian nationals in a day, taking the total number of the rescued from the war-ridden country to nearly 2300.

An Indian Air Force aircraft carrying 454 Indian nationals from war-torn Yemen landed in Mumbai on April 4. “The (first) C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft landed at about 10.40 pm here from Djibouti,” a senior Indian Air Force (IAF) official said.

Syed Akbaruddin, the spokesperson of India’s external affair ministry (MEA), said that 203 people were evacuated from Ash Shisr including 21 people from seven other countries, by Navy vessel INS Sumitra.

India-Pakistan cooperation

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that the Indian Navy rescued three Pakistani nationals from Al Hodeida by INS Sumitra, and the Indian Coast Guard saved 10 Pakistani crew members of the Omani warship. Pakistan also rescued 11 Indians from Al Mukallah. She also said India should evacuate all its nationals from Yemen and nobody will be left behind for want of travel documents. The minister thanked Air India for carrying out “Operation “Raahat” to rescue Indian nationals from various parts of Yemen.