Operation Kaveri: As of now, a total of 530 Indian nationals have been rescued and brought back from Sudan

According to official data, more than 500 Indian citizens have been rescued and brought back from Sudan under Operation kaveri, with around 250 of them airlifted by two military transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the rest being rescued by a naval ship.

The evacuation operation was carried out amid the ongoing unrest and violence in Sudan.

India has established a transit facility in Jeddah under its evacuation mission called ‘Operation Kaveri’. After being evacuated from Sudan, all the Indian nationals were transported to this Saudi Arabian city.

The initial group of 278 individuals were rescued by INS Sumedha, a leading vessel of the Indian Navy, on Tuesday.

What happened next?

After some hours, the initial C-130J heavy-lift transport plane of the Indian Air Force (IAF) arrived at Port Sudan to transport additional Indian nationals back to their country. The evacuation process continued with the help of another C-130J aircraft.

S Jaishankar, the External Affairs Minister, informed that the first C-130J flight carried 121 passengers and landed at Jeddah. The second aircraft arrived soon after and brought 135 individuals back from Sudan.

In a tweet, the minister updated the progress of the evacuation mission named “Operation Kaveri”, saying that the second C-130 flight had reached Jeddah and the operation was moving forward steadily.

To assist in the evacuation of Indians from Sudan, India has established a control room in Jeddah, a city in Saudi Arabia. V Muraleedharan, the Minister of State for External Affairs, has arrived in Jeddah to supervise the evacuation efforts.

India has arranged for the evacuation of its citizens from Sudan using military transport aircraft operated by the Indian Air Force.

Sudan has experienced violent clashes between the national army and a paramilitary group for the past 12 days, resulting in an estimated death toll of 400 people.

As the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire following intense negotiations, India increased its efforts to evacuate its citizens from Sudan.

On Monday, Shree S. Jaishankar declared the initiation of ‘Operation Kaveri’, aimed at rescuing the Indians who have been stranded in Sudan due to intense fighting between the regular army and a paramilitary force.

In preparation for the evacuation process, India has already positioned two IAF transport aircraft in Jeddah and a naval ship, INS Sumedha, at Port Sudan. These efforts are part of the country’s contingency plans to ensure the safe return of its citizens from the conflict zone.

The effort to escape:

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Indian embassy in Sudan have been working alongside Sudanese authorities and maintaining regular communication with various countries including the United Nations, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, and US.

The objective is to ensure the safe evacuation of Indian nationals from Sudan, amidst the ongoing unrest in the country.

During a high-level meeting held last Friday, Prime Minister, Shree Narendra Modi instructed officials to prepare contingency plans to evacuate Indians from Sudan, taking into consideration the volatile security landscape in the region.

Following the meeting, the PMO released a statement saying that Modi had directed officials to come up with viable evacuation options in light of the rapidly changing situation in Sudan.

Last week, India’s External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar, spoke with his counterparts from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt to discuss the situation in Sudan, and to ensure the safety of Indian nationals stranded in the country.

Shree S. Jaishankar also held discussions with the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, to address the situation in Sudan and the measures being taken to evacuate Indian nationals from the country.

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