IAF aircraft with 225 Indians evacuated from Yemen lands in MumbaiMumbai: An Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft carrying 225 Indians evacuated from strife-torn Yemen landed here yesterday late night."The C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft landed at about 10.40 pm here from Djibouti," a senior IAF official
Mumbai: An Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft carrying 225 Indians evacuated from strife-torn Yemen landed here yesterday late night.
"The C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft landed at about 10.40 pm here from Djibouti," a senior IAF official said.
Another IAF aircraft carrying 227 people is expected to land post midnight, the official said.
Indian naval ship INS Mumbai reached Djibouti safely yesterday with a total of 440 people which included Indians and nationals of 17 other countries on board. All were evacuated from the Yemeni port of Aden amid heavy shelling.
The Indians on board were more than 260.
The Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin, tweeted: "With our citizens, we have assisted others in distress in Yemen, 200 + from 20 other countries of Africa, Asia, Europe and North America in growing list."
"Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - The world is a family. Nationals of 17 other countries evacuated by INS Mumbai from Yemen along with Indians," he added.
A no-fly zone enforced in Yemeni airspace by international coalition has made it difficult to evacuate Indians by air. India has been requesting Saudi Arabia to allow aerial sorties to Saana on daily basis.
Sources said the number of Indians across Yemen was around 5,000 out of which 1,000 were women married to Yemeni nationals. The number of Indians in Saana would be around 3,000, while around 554 were in Aden and 298 were in offshore oil fields.
Yemen has been engulfed in strife, as Shia Houthi rebels continued their advance against exiled president Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's loyalists who are being supported by Saudi Arabia-led air strikes.