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The Sudanese conflict forced the evacuation of over 1100 Indian nationals

27 April 2023 | TITN Team

Under Operation Kaveri, about 1100 Indian citizens have been rescued from a Sudan torn apart by conflict. A sixth group of 128 Indian citizens left Sudan yesterday, according to the External Affairs Ministry, bringing the total number of Indian individuals rescued from the war-torn African country by Indian naval ships and IAF planes to close to 1100.

According to Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, a C-130J flight operated by the Indian Air Force left Port Sudan last night for Jeddah carrying 128 people. Nearly 500 stranded Indians left Port Sudan for Jeddah earlier that evening in two different waves. IAF C-130J arrived in Jeddah from Port Sudan with an additional 136 Indian citizens on board. From Port Sudan, INS Teg with 297 passengers also departed.

Since a 72-hour ceasefire went into force on Tuesday, rescue efforts have stepped up.

In Sudan, where conflict between the army and paramilitaries has claimed hundreds of lives and resulted in severe shortages of water, food, medication, and gasoline, other countries are attempting to evacuate their residents by land, air, and sea.

In accordance with “Operation Kaveri,” 360 Indian nationals who had been evacuated from Sudan arrived back in India on the first aircraft to New Delhi yesterday. There have been frequent clashes between the army and paramilitary groups in Sudan.