Yemen Evacuation

The State of Yemen was pushed into a crisis situation due to the developing civil war situation in the month of March 15. Coalition Arab forces had commenced air strikes in Yemen in the last week of March 15. The Govt of India assessed a requirement of immediate evacuation of over 4000 Indian nationals based at various locations in Yemen. A combined MEA, IAF, Indian Navy and Air India evacuation plan was put into place for evacuation of Indian nationals. Indian Naval ships evacuated nationals from Yemen port cities to Djibouti and Air India ferried back nationals from Sanaa to Djibouti, IAF deployed three C-17 aircraft to ferry back Indian nationals from Djibouti to Kochi and Mumbai. As many as eleven evacuation trips were undertaken by IAF aircraft that facilitated safe evacuation of 2096 Indian nationals.

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