India’s largest carrier, IndiGo (6E), joined the mission and departed from Jeddah with 231 trapped Indians to help the Union government’s continuing repatriation efforts known as “Operation Kaveri.”
In a statement, IndiGo reaffirmed its commitment to helping the Central government’s effort to remove Indian nationals from Jeddah.
231 Indians are travelling on a flight from Jeddah to New Delhi as Indigo joins #OperationKaveri. Around 1600 people had already arrived or were in flight for India when this fifth outbound flight took off. Happy travels. Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan tweeted, “Our Mission continues.
IndiGo Airlines statement
“We have provided our services for charter flights to Jeddah as part of the Operation Kaveri rescue effort of our countrymen from Sudan by the Indian Government.
Nothing has been confirmed as of yet. Thus, we are still awaiting information from the ministry to begin these flights,” IndiGo Airlines stated in a statement.
Airlines had stated their willingness to take part in the ongoing “Operation Kaveri” evacuation of Indians who have become stranded in the conflict-torn nation of Africa.
The flight staff responded quickly to the urgent need for humanitarian aid, allowing the trapped people to return to their homes and family safely.
As part of “Operation Kaveri,” 2,100 Indians have so far landed in Jeddah, according to a statement made earlier on Friday by Mos MEA V Muraleedharan.
Arindam Bagchi, a Ministry of External Affairs spokesman, reported that the 300-passenger INS Sumedha, which is based in Port Sudan, had also left the country in turmoil for Jeddah. This is the 13th group of evacuated Indians aboard the INS Sumedha, which is sailing for Jeddah.
After the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) agreed to extend their ceasefire amid ongoing violence in the country’s capital Khartoum and the western Darfur region, the Indian Air Force C-130J evacuated the 10th and 11th batches of 135 passengers from Port Sudan to Jeddah earlier on Friday.
Earlier, the Sudanese army announced it would extend the ceasefire “for an additional 72 hours” as a result of Saudi Arabian and American efforts to mediate in the last hours of the three-day ceasefire, which was scheduled to conclude at midnight (22:00 GMT) on Thursday but was frequently violated.
The RSF said that it had also authorized the prolonged cease-fire and stated that the US, Saudi Arabia, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates had made the request.
Because of the ongoing battles between the army and paramilitary groups, Sudan has remained on edge. Even during the current 72-hour ceasefire, tales of violence and fighting have surfaced.
Soldiers loyal to Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the commander of the Sudanese army, and Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, the head of the paramilitary Rapid Support Soldiers (RSF), engaged in combat. India has sent military planes and warships into Sudan’s war-torn nation to ensure that no Indian is left behind.
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