Operation Kaveri: 250 more Indians rescued from conflict-ridden Sudan
26 April, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma
The central govt launched Operation Kaveri to rescue Indian citizens who had become stranded in Sudan. More than 250 people were rescued from Port Sudan by two IAF C-130 J aircraft.
Another batch of over 250 stranded Indians was evacuated from conflict-ridden Sudan by the Indian Air Force under ‘Operation Kaveri’ on Tuesday, as the two warring factions agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire.
The central government launched Operation Kaveri to rescue Indian citizens who had become stranded in Sudan. More than 250 people were rescued from Port Sudan by two IAF C-130 J aircraft.
In a tweet, Indian Air Force said, “#OperationKaveri takes to the Skies! Two #IAF C-130 J aircraft have evacuated more than 250 personnel from Port Sudan. #HarKaamDeshKeNaam.”
While evacuating Indian nationals from Port Sudan to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, an IAF Garud Special Forces officer was seen carrying a child on board the C-130J Special Ops aircraft.
India has sent military planes and warships to rescue Indians from the region.
Prior to this, 135 more stranded Indians were rescued from Sudan on Wednesday. Meanwhile, V Muraleedharan, Minister of State for External Affairs, received the second batch of the 148 evacuated Indians as the first IAF C-130J arrived at Jeddah airport on Wednesday.
Naval vessel INS Sumedha also reached Jeddah port with 278 evacuated passengers.
“#OperationKaveri in full swing. The second IAF C-130J flight departs Port Sudan for Jeddah, carrying another 135 passengers. This is the third batch of evacuees under #OperationKaveri,” MEA tweeted.
Earlier, on Wednesday, the Ministry of External Affairs tweeted that 121 passengers left by the IAF C-130J aircraft.
However, the MoS MEA later tweeted saying 148 Indians were evacuated in the second batch.
“First IAF C-130J aircraft under #OperationKaveri from Port Sudan carrying 148 Indians landed in Jeddah,” tweeted MoS MEA V Muraleedharan.
The Union Minister of State for External Affairs inspected the transit facility at the International Indian School in Jeddah on Tuesday, where Indians evacuated from Sudan will be met and temporarily housed before arriving in India.
“Inspected transit facility @IndianPage, Jeddah, where Indians evacuated from Sudan, will be received & put up briefly before travelling to India. It is fully equipped incl with mattresses, provisions, fresh meals, toilets, medical facilities, Wifi. Has a 24X7 control room. #OperationKaveri,” the MoS wrote on Twitter.
As fighting between the Sudanese Army and paramilitary groups intensified in Khartoum, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar announced on Monday that the government’s ‘Operation Kaveri’ to evacuate its citizens from battle-torn Sudan is underway, with approximately 500 Indians having arrived in Port Sudan.
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