India is executing one of the most challenging rescue operations in strife-torn Yemen, pulling out its own and citizens from at least 26 other countries.
On Monday , India evacuated over 1,000 (574 from Sana’a by air and 479 from Al Hodeida by sea) executing a sophisticated air-sea operation showcasing its maritime power. Until now, India has evacuated over 3,500 of its nationals and 225 citizens of at least 26 countries in a rare gesture.Meanwhile, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said that almost all Indians would be rescued by Monday evening.
He also said requests for assistance were growing. ”Requests for Indian assistance in evacuation from Yemen keeps growing. On last count 26 requests received,” Akbaruddin said in another tweet. He said that while one flight carrying Indians was expected to land in Mumbai around 11.15 p.m., another was expected to land in Kochi around 11.30 p.m.In a tweet earlier in the day, Akbaruddin had said evacuation by Air India from Yemen’s capital Sana’a was the highest so far. ”Exceeding previous efforts. Evacuation by Air India today from Sana’a was highest thus far. 574 persons head from Yemen to Djibouti.” India has evacuated over 3,000 of its nationals from Yemen so far by air and sea.The 26 countries that India has received request for assistance in evacuation of their citizens include the US, Bangladesh, France, Germany, and Sri Lanka. Yemen is witnessing continuing fighting between the Shia Houthi rebels and the Saudi Arabia-led coalition of 10 nations, which has launched air strikes in Yemen.
Prime Minister Modi, in a series of tweets, praised the repatriation efforts as well as that of his two ministers, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh, for personally overseeing the evacuation efforts. ”Salute the services of our civilian & defence officials & organisations in helping evacuate our citizens from Yemen. Continue your efforts!”