23 Countries Ask India For Help In Evacuating Citizens From War-Torn Yemen

06/04/2015 6:59 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 4: Around 1,350 Indians have been evacuated from Yemen arrive at Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport on April 4, 2015 in Mumbai, India. India is evacuating its citizens from Yemen amid the growing violence in the Middle Eastern country. Official sources said the evacuation operation was going on notwithstanding the deteriorating situation across Yemen. 'We hope to complete the evacuation operation in the next few days,' they said. (Photo by Satish Bate/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI — Atleast 23 countries have requested India to help evacuate their citizens from war-torn Yemen, after over one thousand Indians were successfully rescued and brought back home, said external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.

On Sunday, the minister had assured that all Indian nationals would be evacuated from the Middle East country.

Over 1,350 Indians have been rescued so far with the help of the Indian Navy, air force, and national carrier Air India. There are still around 4,000 Indian citizens left in Yemen — including those married to Yemeni nationals — where the situation is rapidly disintegrating into a full blown civil war.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Swaraj, and union minister VK Singh, who has been coordinating India's efforts out of Sanaa, Yemen and Djibouti.

Earlier in the day, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said that the navy's warships had rescued citizens of other countries along with Indian nationals from some of Yemen's most dangerous hotspots.

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