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Operation Kaveri: India’s massive rescue op for stranded citizens in Sudan "Second batch of stranded Indians leave Sudan under #OperationKaveri. INS Sumedha with 278 people onboard and 121 with IAF C-130J aircraft departs Port Sudan for Jeddah", External Affairs ministry spokesperson tweeted.

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New Delhi: After the unfolding of the Sudan crisis, India has begun ‘Operation Kaveri’ – a rescue operation by the Indian Navy and Indian Air Force (IAF) to rescue hundreds of citizens stranded in the region. 

First batch of Indian nationals stuck in war-torn Sudan has left the Port Sudan on Tuesday under Operation Kaveri. Of the 500 Indians who had reached Port Sudan on Monday, 278 people departed for Jeddah on INS Sumedha.

“First batch of stranded Indians leave Sudan under #OperationKaveri. INS Sumedha with 278 people onboard departs Port Sudan for Jeddah”, External Affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted.

In his latest tweet, External Affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi also tweeted, The second batch of 121 stranded Indians leaves Port Sudan for Jeddah onboard IAF C-130J aircraft”.

It is speculated that around 3,000 Indians are stuck in the violence-hit African nation. One Indian from Kerala was killed in the violence last week.

Earlier to this, Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar took to Twitter to share the images evacuated citizens and said that India is committed to bring the stranded people back home.

“Operation Kaveri gets underway to bring back our citizens stranded in Sudan. About 500 Indians have reached Port Sudan. More on their way. Our ships and aircraft are set to bring them back home. Committed to assist all our bretheren in Sudan”, he tweeted.

Last week, the foreign ministry had said that India is making “every effort to ensure the safety and security of its citizens stranded in Sudan”. Amid the evacuation process, two Indian Air Force C-130J have also been positioned on standby in Jeddah.

Over 420 people have been killed and over 3,700 injured in fighting in the violence-hit nation, according to the latest report by the UN Office.

                                                             -Dr. M Shahid Siddiqui (PhD), Follow via Twitter @shahidsiddiqui

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