30/03/2015 10:46 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Govt. Attempts To Rescue 4000 Indians Stranded In Yemen

In this photo taken Tuesday, March 24, 2015, tanks seized recently by militiamen loyal to Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi take positions at the al-Anad air base in the southern province of Lahej, 60 kilometers (35 miles) north of Aden, Yemen. Hadi fled the country by sea Wednesday on a boat from Aden, as Shiite rebels and their allies advanced on the southern port city of Aden, where he had taken refuge, captured his defense minister and seized the city's airport. (AP Photo/Wael Qubady)

On Monday night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to King Salman of Saudi Arabia for his support and cooperation in rescuing approximately 4000 Indians stranded in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia, backed by regional Sunni Muslim allies, is carrying out airstrikes against Shi'ite Houthi fighters battling President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Syed Akbaruddin, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, tweeted out the exchanged between the two leaders.

400 Indians had already been evacuated from Aden by sea, according to Akbaruddin, who said Indian Navy and Indian Air Force would be deployed in further rescue operations.

Navy officials said two stealth frigate ships had left Mumbai for Yemen, IANS reported, and two C 17 Globemaster aircrafts would fly to Djibouti on Tuesday to bring back the stranded Indians.

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