An IAF plane carrying 190 Indian nationals evacuated from Yemen landed here today, in the government’s first major mission to rescue Indians stranded in the strife-torn nation. The Indian nationals, including nurses and workers, among others, reached home by the special flight–Indian Air Force’s C17 Globemasters– bringing an end to their about a week-Long ordeal.
Indian nationals boarded Indian INS Sumitra in the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday to sail to Djibouti, where two Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft were ready to transfer them to India. INS Sumitra had set sail from Aden harbor of Yemen at around 11.30 pm (IST) on Tuesday.
In the last few months, Yemen has witnessed one of the most severe crises and is on the brink of a civil war. The country’s competing forces are fighting to control Yemen. In the last 24 hours, there has been a heavy exchange of firing on the Saudi Arabia-Yemen border. In the last one week, Saudi Arabia has also joined the conflict with an aim to restoring president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.