Yemen crisis: Indians rescued!
Updated On : 02 Apr 2015,02:31 PM
An IAF plane carrying 168 Indian nationals evacuated from Yemen landed on Wednesday night in the government’s first major mission to rescue Indians stranded in the strife-torn nation.
The Indian nationals, including nurses and workers, among others, reached home by the special flight—Indian Air Force’s C17 Globemasters—bringing an end to their about a week-long ordeal.
The flight landed at 2 AM. The evacuees were welcomed at the airport by Kerala Minister for Diaspora K C Joseph, PWD Minister Ibrahim Kunju and Ernakulam District Collector M G Rajamanikyam.
They were part of as many as 350 Indians who yesterday reached at Djibouti after being evacuated on a Navy vessel from Aden, the seaport city of Yemen.
Parents of Jincy and Tincy, two nurses working with government hospitals in Yemen, are concerned about their elder daughter whose flight from Sana’a was cancelled even after a boarding pass was issued.
Talking to PTI from Kochi airport, mother of the nurses, Omana, hailing from Vadakkancherry of Palakkad district, said only Jincy, working in Aden, could reach home safely.
“We are happy that our daughter Jincy is coming back on the special flight. But we are concerned about the safety our elder daughter Tincy who is in Sana’a. We hoped that she would also be reaching safely tonight.
An IAF plane carrying 190 Indian nationals evacuated from Yemen landed here today, in the government’s first major mission to rescue Indians stranded in the strife-torn nation.
The evacuees, which included nurses and workers, among others, reached home in a special flight, thus bringing an end to their about a week-long ordeal.
A spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry has said of the 350 evacuees, 206 belong to Kerala, 40 are from Tamil Nadu, 31 from Maharashtra, 23 from West Bengal and 22 from Delhi, besides other states.