Operation Kaveri: INS Teg evacuates 14th batch of 288 Indians from Port Sudan
30 April, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma
On Saturday, the INS Teg successfully evacuated 288 stranded Indians from Sudan as part of Operation Kaveri. This is the 14th group of stranded citizens to arrive in Jeddah.
On Saturday, the Indian Navy ship INS Teg successfully evacuated 288 stranded Indians from Sudan as part of Operation Kaveri. This is the 14th group of stranded citizens to arrive in Jeddah.
“14th batch of Indians leaves Port Sudan under #OperationKaveri. 288 passengers onboard INS Teg are enroute to Jeddah,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted.
Previously, the INS Sumedha, which is based in Port Sudan, left the crisis-stricken country with 300 passengers on board for Jeddah.
As many as 2,400 Indians have been evacuated from Sudan, where clashes between the army and paramilitary forces have resulted in bloodshed.
“Nearly 2,400 Indians evacuated! INS Sumedha departs from Port Sudan with 300 passengers onboard for Jeddah. 13th batch of Indians evacuated under #OperationKaveri,” Bagchi said in a tweet on Friday.
Under Operation Kaveri, the Indian government plans to evacuate approximately 3,000 Indian-origin passengers from Sudan.
Under Operation Kaveri, 365 Indians from Sudan arrived in New Delhi on Saturday evening.
“More Indians come back home under #OperationKaveri. 365 passengers have just landed in New Delhi,” External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar tweeted on Saturday.
“Another flight carrying Indian evacuees departs from Jeddah to New Delhi. 365 passengers onboard this 6th outbound flight are on their way back home,” MEA official spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted.
A flight carrying 231 Indian passengers evacuated from conflict-torn Sudan arrived in New Delhi on Saturday morning.
The Indian evacuees chanted “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and “Vande Mataram,” and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar for rescuing them from Sudan as part of Operation Kaveri.
A total of 1,191 passengers have been evacuated from Sudan as part of Operation Kaveri, with 117 currently quarantined due to a lack of Yellow Fever vaccination. According to an official press release, the passengers will be released after seven days if they remain asymptomatic.
Conflicts between the army and paramilitary forces have resulted in bloodshed in Sudan. Despite a 72-hour cease-fire, there have been reports of violence.
Soldiers loyal to Sudanese army leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his deputy, paramilitary Rapid Support Soldiers (RSF) commander Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, have clashed.