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India to airlift its nationals from Yemen

Smoke rises as buildings burn inside the Jabal al-Hadid military camp in Aden, Yemen.

Smoke rises as buildings burn inside the Jabal al-Hadid military camp in Aden, Yemen.  

India will be airlifting its nationals from strife-torn Yemen after getting permission from authorities to fly from Sana’a for three hours a day.

“Today we got permission to fly from Sana’a for three hours a day. We will use the slot for evacuating our citizens everyday,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said a day after 80 Indians left the city for Djibouti.

According to official sources, the government will chalk out a schedule for Air India sorties to evacuate the nationals. Ms. Swaraj also tweeted that India was in the process of sending a ship with a capacity of 1,500 passengers.

On Saturday, as many as 80 Indians left Sana’a for Djibouti where Indian mission will assist them in returning home. The Ministry has also set up a 24-hour Control Room to monitor the situation in Yemen where all the airports have been shut down.

There are about 3,500 Indians, most of whom are nurses, in various provinces of Yemen including Sana’a.

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