New Delhi, April 1: The 350 Indian tiols evacuated from strife-torn Yemen have reached Djibouti and will be brought back to India by an Indian Air Force plane on Wednesday, Exterl Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said. In tweets on Wednesday, Sushma Swaraj said that Minister of State for Exterl Affairs V.K. Singh was in Djibouti, a country neighbouring Yemen, and was coorditing the operations with the Indian vy and the Indian Air Force.
She said one IAF Globemaster transport plane with evacuated Indian tiols will land in Kochi and the other in Mumbai. “Indian tiols evacuated from Aden by Indian vy have reached Djibouti. They will be brought back to India by Indian Air Force today (Wednesday). One plane will land in Kochi and the other in Mumbai late this evening,” Sushma Swaraj said.
Exterl affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that of thed 350 Indian tiols evacuated, 206 were from Kerala, 40 from Tamil du, 31 from Maharashtra, 23 from West Bengal, 22 from Delhi, 15 from Kartaka and 13 from Andhra Pradesh and Telanga. The stranded Indian tiols were taken to INS Sumitra and it set sail for Djibouti on late Tuesday night from Aden. Under an operation med “Op Raahat”, two warships — destroyer INS Mumbai and stealth frigate INS Tarkash — are also on their way to Djibouti, a country located on the Horn of Africa in the Gulf of Aden.
Fighting has been going on in Yemen since January 22, when the legitimate government under President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi was ousted by Shiite Houthi forces. This has provoked the recent military campaign by a coalition of 10 countries lead by Saudi Arabia. (IANS)