India on Thursday sent two C-17 military transport aircraft to war-tornSouth Sudan ‘s capital city Juba to evacuate over 300 Indians stranded there.
Minister of state for external affairs V.K Singh is leading the operation, named “Sankat Mochan”, to evacuate Indians from South Sudan, which has been rocked by violence that has claimed hundreds of lives.
The Ministry of External Affairs tweeted this in the morning:
— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) July 14, 2016
“We will make all possible efforts to bring back safely all Indian nationals who are stranded in Sudan,” Gen V.K Singh said before his departure. Singh is accompanied by by Amar Sinha, secretary (economic relations) in the external affairs ministry, joint secretary Satbir Singh and director Anjani Kumar.
— Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) July 13, 2016
On Wednesday the ministry had tweeted:
— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) July 13, 2016
Minister of State for External Affairs V.K Singh will fly in with the planes to coordinate the evacuation of around 300 Indians, mostly from Kerala, who have registered with the Indian embassy to leave the country.
Only Indian nationals with valid Indian travel document will be allowed boarding with maximum five kg cabin baggage and no check-in pieces. Women and children will be accommodated on priority. The return flights will be only up to New Delhi, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) said in a statement.
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.
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