Over 2,500 Indians rescued from Sudan so far

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NEW DELHI: After the eighth flight of a C-130 Indian Air Force (IAF) plane carrying 40 Indians reached India, the number of evacuated Indians reached the mark of 2,300, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Sunday. Sudan is experiencing bloodshed due to clashes between the army and paramilitary forces.

“A C-130 Indian Air Force flight has landed in New Delhi with 40 passengers. With this flight, around 2,300 people have reached India,” EAM Jaishankar tweeted. Following this, three more flights carried 229, 288 and 135 passengers respectively, taking the number of evacuees to more than 2,500.

An Indian Air Force C-130J aircraft, with 40 passengers on board, reached New Delhi from Jeddah as ‘Operation Kaveri’ progresses further to evacuate stranded Indians from battle-torn Sudan. It was the 8th flight carrying Indian evacuees that took off from Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah, since ‘Operation Kaveri’ began.

Taking to Twitter, the official spokesperson of MEA, Arindam Bagchi wrote, “#OperationKaveri 8th flight carrying Indian evacuees takes off from Jeddah. IAF C-130J aircraft with 40 passengers is on its way to Delhi.”

The 7th flight destined for Bengaluru took off from Jeddah earlier on Sunday, with 229 passengers on board. “#OperationKaveri bringing citizens back home. Destined for Bengaluru, 7th outbound flight carrying 229 passengers departs from Jeddah,” MoS Muraleedharan tweeted.

On Saturday evening, 365 Indians from Sudan arrived in New Delhi under Operation Kaveri, while a flight carrying 231 Indian passengers reached the national capital on Saturday morning. As a ceasefire has been called in Sudan, several countries, including India, are attempting to evacuate their citizens from a conflict-ridden nation.

Earlier, Indian Navy ship INS Teg, successfully evacuated 288 stranded Indians under Operation Kaveri from the crisis-hit Sudan on Saturday. This was the 14th batch of stranded citizens headed to Jeddah to return to India. Previously, INS Sumedha, stationed at Port Sudan, had left the crisis-hit country with 300 passengers on board for Jeddah.

The Indian government, under Operation Kaveri, is set to evacuate about 3,000 Indian-origin passengers from Sudan. Until Friday, more than 2,400 Indians had been evacuated from Sudan, where the country is experiencing bloodshed due to clashes between the army and paramilitary forces.

The Indian evacuees shouted slogans like “Bharat Mata ki jai,” and “Vande Mataram”. Also, they lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar for rescuing them from Sudan under Operation Kaveri. (ANI)

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