India to end Yemen air evacuation ops today

By GovernanceToday
In Governance Watch
April 9, 2015
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Indian-yemenAfter evacuating about 4,000 Indians and 235 nationals from 26 foreign countries from worn-torn Yemen, India has decided to end the air evacuation operation today. India has extended the air evacuation programme of stranded nationals from Yemen till today, following a rescue request by a group of 140 nurses. Earlier, about 700 more Indians, including 600 from Sanaa, were rescued in three air sorties.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin took to twitter to share the information. “Responding to needs of 140 nurses India extends air evacuation from Yemen by a day. Flights planned for tomorrow also, subject to clearances,” Akbaruddin tweeted.

Akbaruddhi also added that Indians who want to avail the evacuation facilities should leave today and spread the word about this development.

In a series of tweets, Syed Akbaruddin added that India had accepted Pakistan’s offer to fly back from Karachi by a special plane those 11 Indians evacuated by Pakistani naval ship from Yemen.

While the air evacuation ends today, the government may continue the evacuation by sea for some more time.

Meanwhile, 232 persons from 26 countries were evacuated by India.

Evacuated foreign nationals thanked India for their rescue efforts. Appreciating India’s rescue efforts, an Ireland national said, “We cannot thank the Indian government enough for getting us out of Yemen.”

A British national evacuated by Air India too expressed appreciation for the effort.

Germany’s Ambassador in New Delhi Michael Steiner expressed his thanks to India after the country’s security forces helped rescue stranded German nationals. Taking to Twitter, Steiner thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for the same.

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