Operation Kaveri: Nearly 3,800 Indians evacuated from crisis-hit Sudan
5 May, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma
India intensified Operation Kaveri to rescue stranded citizens from Khartoum, and as a result, has successfully rescued nearly 3800 citizens from the war-torn Sudan.
India intensified Operation Kaveri to rescue stranded citizens from Khartoum, and as a result, has successfully rescued nearly 3800 citizens from the war-torn Sudan. The Indian Air Force C-130J flight, which was headed to Delhi but had 47 Indians stuck on board, took off from Jeddah.
“IAF C-130J aircraft with 47 evacuees from Sudan is on its way to Delhi from Jeddah. Nearly 3800 persons have now been rescued from Sudan under #OperationKaveri,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted.
Earlier, on Thursday, 192 Indians, who were stranded in Sudan, landed in Ahmedabad.
They were brought to Gujarat in Indian Air Force C17 aircraft from Port Sudan to Ahmedabad.
On the same day, “20 evacuees departed from N’Djamena in two batches of 2 and 18 onboard flights destined for Chennai and Bengaluru respectively. These evacuees had crossed over from Sudan into Chad through the adjoining land border,” Bagchi tweeted.
According to the Indian embassy in Sudan, “Operation Kaveri” has successfully evacuated 3,584 Indians from the civil war-torn Sudan after nine days of operations.
The ambitious “Operation Kaveri” rescue mission, which the Indian government launched nine days ago with the goal of rescuing Indians who had become stranded in the war-torn Sudan, is still ongoing. Five Indian Naval Ships and sixteen Indian Air Force aircraft, including one from the Wadi Sayyidna military airbase, were used in the operation.
According to a statement released by the South Sudanese foreign ministry on Tuesday, the two warring factions in Sudan—the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF)—have agreed to a seven-day ceasefire.