India launches operation to rescue nationals from South Sudan

India launches operation to rescue nationals from South Sudan

India has been closely monitoring developments in South Sudan, which is witnessing heavy fighting between former rebels and government soldiers. Photograph: (Getty)

DNA New Delhi Jul 14, 2016, 09.58 AM (IST)
The Indian Government on Thursday morning launched the 'Sankat Mochan' operation to evacuate Indian nationals from South Sudan.

India sent two C-17 military transport aircraft to war torn South Sudan's capital city Juba to evacuate Indians stranded there, an exercise which is being led by Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh.

Singh had also supervised the evacuation of nearly 4,000 Indians from conflict-ridden Yemen last year.

An official advisory said that only Indian nationals with valid Indian travel document will be allowed boarding with maximum five kilogram cabin baggage and no check-in pieces. It also said that women and children will be accommodated on priority.

Apart from Singh, Amar Sinha, Secretary (Economic Relations), will also travel to Juba.

India has been closely monitoring developments in South Sudan, which is witnessing heavy fighting between former rebels and government soldiers in several parts of the city. A task force has been set up for the purpose.

According to the ministry, there are around 600 Indians in South Sudan, of which 450 are in Juba and nearly 150 are outside the capital.

(DNA)

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India sent two C-17 military transport aircraft to war torn South Sudan's capital city Juba to evacuate Indians stranded there

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