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IAF aircraft with 225 Indians from Yemen lands in Mumbai


Mumbai, Apr 5: An IAF aircraft carrying 225 Indians evacuated from strife-torn Yemen landed here tonight.

"The C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft landed at about 10.40 pm here from Djibouti," a senior Indian Air Force (IAF) official said. Another IAF aircraft carrying 227 people is expected to land post midnight, the official said.


The total number of those rescued now count up to 2,300 till date. Meanehile, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj thanked Air India officials for their massive support to the 'Raahat' operation of pulling out Indians trapped in several parts of Yemen amid raging fight.

The Spokesperson in External Affairs Ministry said,"Air India conducted three successful flights out of Sanaa and evacuated 488 Indians. It was the largest evacuation so far."

[Also read: Can Pakistan afford to interfere in Yemen?]

He further explained that close to 203 people were evacuated from Ash Shihr, out of which 182 were Indians and the rest were foreigners from seven different countries. Indian Navy meanwhile, evacuated 3 Pakistani nationals from the Al Hodeida by INS Sumitra. Swaraj further added,"Pakistan also brought 11 Indians from Al Mukallah... Yesterday, Indian Coast Guard saved 10 Pakistani crew members of Omani warship."


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