• Tuesday, May 30, 2023


India evacuates more than 500 nationals from violence-rocked Sudan under ‘Operation Kaveri’

Stranded Indians in violence-hit Sudan wait for their turn to board Indian Navy’s patrol ship NS Sumedha under ‘Operation Kaveri’ at Port Sudan. (ANI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

India has begun rescuing its nationals from violence-hit Sudan via and air and sea routes and according to official data, 530 Indians were evacuated to safety till Wednesday (26) from the north African nation where the military and paramilitary forces have locked horns over a fierce power struggle since April 15.

Under its evacuation mission named ‘Operation Kaveri’, New Delhi has set up a transit facility at Jeddah in Saudi Arabia where all Indians were taken following their evacuation from the African country.

Two military transport planes of the Indian Air Force (IAF) rescued more than 250 Indians from Port Sudan after a naval ship evacuated another 278. While two IAF C-130J aircraft were deployed to evacuate the Indian nationals, the IAF also deployed its Garud Special Forces.

On Tuesday (25), 278 Indians were evacuated by the Indian Navy with its frontline ship INS Sumedha.

India’s minister of state for external affairs V Muraleedharan reached Jeddah on Tuesday to oversee ‘Operation Kaveri’ at the control room in Jeddah. He received the Indians before their home-bound journey started. 

Earlier on Wednesday, India’s ministry of external affairs said in a tweet that 121 passengers left by IAF C-130J aircraft. The ministry later tweeted saying 148 Indians were evacuated in the second batch.

India stepped up its efforts to evacuate its nationals from Sudan as a 72-hour truce was agreed to between the fighting groups.

At least 450 people have been killed in the violence while more than 4,000 have been injured. One Indian national from the southern state of Kerala was killed by a stray bullet on the first day of the clash.

India has engaged with a number of nations, including Saudi Arabia, UAE, US and UK over safety of its nationals stranded in Sudan.

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