Operation Kaveri: Another C-17 flight carrying 392 passengers from Jeddah, arrives in Delhi

28 April, 2023 | Anupam Shrivastav

Flight carrying National

Another C-17 flight successfully rescued 10th batch of Indians from Sudan after the Sudanese Army and paramilitary RSF agreed to extend the truce.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said today that another flight carrying 392 passengers rescued from war-torn Sudan landed in Delhi.

The EAM updated on his Twitter account “#OperationKaveri update. Another C-17 flight carrying 392 passengers reaches New Delhi.”

“Glad to see happy and energetic faces of 392 of our nationals returning to Delhi from Jeddah on IAF C17 Globemaster after evacuation from Sudan. Saw them off at the aircraft. They will be with their beloved ones in India soon,” MoS V Muraleedharan tweeted.

Meanwhile, under the ongoing Operation Kaveri, another flight carrying 362 Indian evacuees from Sudan took off from Jeddah to Bengaluru on Friday (today).

“Bon voyage! Delighted to see off 362 Indians evacuated from Sudan on a flight bound for Bengaluru from Jeddah. Good number of these are from Hakki Pikki tribe,” MoS tweeted.

Referring to about the same, EAM S Jaishankar tweeted today, “India welcomes back 362 Indians as another #OperationKaveri flight touches down in Bengaluru.”

Previously, the tenth group of 326 Indian evacuees from Sudan arrived in Jeddah aboard the INS Tarkash. After the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) agreed to extend their ceasefire in the capital Khartoum and the western Darfur region, an IAF C-130J flight carrying 10th batch of 135 Indian passengers from Port Sudan to Jeddah.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi tweeted “#OperationKaveri progresses further. 10th batch of evacuees with 135 passengers onboard IAF C-130J flight departs Port Sudan for Jeddah.”

Current situation in Sudan

This comes as the army stated it will extend the ceasefire “for an additional 72 hours” following attempts of mediation┬áby Saudi Arabia and the US in the last hours of the three-day┬áceasefire, which was set to expire at midnight (22:00 GMT) on Thursday.
RSF also stated that it approved the prolonged truce, noting that it was proposed by two diplomatic groups: the United States, Saudi Arabia, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates.

Warplanes patrolled the capital’s northern suburbs on Thursday, as fighters on the ground traded artillery and heavy machine-gun fire. The last ceasefire did not end the fighting, but it did provide enough of a respite for tens of thousands of Sudanese and foreign nationals to flee to safer locations.