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Govt to speed up evacuation from Yemen


New Delhi, Apr 5: India's frantic efforts to evacuate its citizens from war-torn Yemen is expected to gather pace, as sources say that govt is planning to evacuate all stranded Indians in three days.

Ministry expects the fight to get more intense as Saudi-led coalition and Shiite rebels, have battled their way into the heart of Aden.


As per reports, there are 5,000 indians in Yemen, in which around 1000 Indian women are married to Yemen nationals. Over 2,500 are still estimated to be in different parts of Yemen. [India pulls out 1,200 nationals from Yemen amidst heavy shelling]

They believe that effort was needed especially in and near the southern Yemeni port city of Aden, where intense fighting has happened in the past two weeks.

Indian warship INS Sumitra, sent to evacuate stranded Indian nationals was unable to enter Aden on Saturday because of heavy shelling. The warship involved in "Operation Rahat", was unable to rescue people from Al Mukalla port, and had to wait at the anchorage area of the port.

At least 519 people have been killed in Yemen in the past two weeks. An additional 1,700 have been wounded. Tens of thousands have fled to nearby Somalia and Djibouti. [2 more C-17s land with Indians rescued from war-torn Yemen]

In Aden alone, fighting has killed 58 people and injured 200 more in the past two days, Yemeni security officials said. At least 24 of the dead were Houthis.

The Indian Navy on Saturday managed to evacuate 441 people, including pregnant women and children from the Port of Aden in almost 'war-like conditions'. 176 of those evacuated are foreign nationals from 17 countries. [Railways gives free tickets to Yemen evacuees for travel home]

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