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Yemen crisis: India to carry out more evacuations today

Apr 09, 2015 09:00 AM IST World World

New Delhi: India on Wednesday had decided to extend evacuation operations by one more day. This comes after a rescue request was made by a group of 140 nurses stranded in Yemen.

India had also received requests from 26 countries including the US, Bangladesh and Iraq for assistance in evacuating their nationals from the strife-torn country. While Pakistan has not sought help for the evacuation of its nationals, India during the operation also rescued some Pakistanis.

MoS External Affairs General VK Singh who has been overseeing the evacuation operations said, "I travelled to Sana'a thrice to oversee the evacuation operations. Once I was in Sana'a, I could understand the problems on ground. It was necessary to be there to understand problems during evacuation."

The evacuees were being taken to Djibouti from where they will fly back to India in an Indian Air Force aircraft. Official sources said the evacuation operation was going on notwithstanding the deteriorating situation across Yemen.

Yemen has been witnessing fierce battle between Saudi-led coalition and Shiite rebels, who have battled their way into various cities Yemen including in the former stronghold of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi who has fled overseas.

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