Indians Stuck in Yemen: Five Questions for the Indian Govt

Someone from your family stuck in Yemen? Indian Govt is trying to rescue Indian citizens. Here is how 

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Yemeni fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi clashed with Iranian-allied Houthi fighters on Sunday in downtown Aden. (Photo: Reuters)

The Indian government is carrying out yet another evacuation from trouble-torn middle-eastern country Yemen. The official information on rescue measures were given by External Affairs Ministry through a press release on Saturday and Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has tweeted some of the details.

How does India plan to rescue its civilians in Yemen?

The government has sent two ships, M V Kavarathy and Coral Sea to Yemen, to evacuate Indians as all the airports in Yemen are closed, the plan is to bring people to the neighboring country Djibouti by ships and from there to India via aircraft. Sushama Swaraj has also tweeted that one more ship which can carry 1500 passengers will also be sent soon to Yemen.

Indians Stuck in Yemen: Five Questions for the Indian Govt

India also flew its first flight to Yemen, 180-seater Airbus A320 aircraft took off from Delhi at 7:45 am for Yemen’s capital Sana’a via Muscat. India has got permission to operate flights from Sana’a for three hours a day.

What about those who cannot be brought back in the two ships or the Air India flights?

Those who cannot be brought by ship would be taken to Saudi Arabia by road and from there to India, Sushma Swaraj said according to press release

Reports say 180 seated Airbus A-320 took off from Delhi on Monday at 7:45 a.m. for Yemen’s capital of Sana’a via Muscat.

Indians Stuck in Yemen: Five Questions for the Indian Govt

Who will manage these ships?

The ships will be completely managed by Indian Navy. M V Kavarathy which was on trip to Lakshadweep Islands with more than 600 passengers was called back to the Kochi port on Saturday and later sent to Yemen.

How many Indians are there in Yemen?

Though there is no clear picture of what the exact number, reports mention that the Indian embassy estimates the number of Indians at close to 3250, of which close to half are said to be from Kerala.

NORKA has told media that they have sent a list of 400 Keralites to the embassy.

What are the problems they face?

Kerala CM Oommen Chandy told media that some Keralites, residing in Yemen, informed the chief minister over phone that the passports and certificates of those working in hospitals have been held back, which is creating problems for their return home.

A helpline number also also been put in place for Indians in Yemen. The foreign minister tweeted out the helpline numbers at the Indian Embassy in Sana. 

Indians Stuck in Yemen: Five Questions for the Indian Govt

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