Indian Navy’s guided-missile destroyer INS Mumbai today evacuated Indians and citizens of 17 other countries including a pregnant woman, from the port city of Yemen.
the list of countries citzens evacuated by INS Mumbai :. Sri Lanka 1, Morrocco 1, Syria 2, Jordan 5, Italy 1, Romania 2, Sweden 5, USA 3. Hungary 4, Yemen 93, UK 24, Russia 2, France 8, Egypt 19, Nepal 1, Canada 2, Lebanon 3….3 Pakistanis.
A safe haven called INS Mumbai. In humanitarian effort, along with Indians 179 others from 17 countries evacuated from Aden yesterday.
— Syed Akbaruddin (@MEAIndia) April 5, 2015
The warship, which has set sail for Djibouti, had placed itself just outside Aden harbour as part of ‘Operation Raahat’ as heavy firing was reported in Aden where the Saudi-led coalition is fighting Houthi rebels who are making a bid for the city.
Indian authorities had hired small crafts to move 30-35 Indians at a time from the port to INS Mumbai, the Navy said.
“Absolute tough environment at Aden… Evacuation of stranded Indians were carried out in almost war-like conditions by Indian Naval Ship Mumbai,” a Navy official said.
The evacuees include a pregnant woman who is being taken care by Navy personnel.
Meanwhile, the Navy said INS Sumitra was unable to rescue Indians from Al Mukalla port in Yemen today. It will try and evacuate the stranded Indians on Sunday.
Al Mukalla city has been overrun by al-Qaeda.
An Air India flight carrying as many as 193 rpt 193 Indian nationals, who were stranded in war-ravaged Yemen, landed here tonight.