Operation Kaveri: Officials familiar with the situation stated that India began evacuating its citizens from strife-torn Sudan on Monday, amid severe fighting between the army and a rival paramilitary organization. The evacuation effort has been called Operation Kaveri by India.
#WATCH | “The 4th batch of stranded Indians departs from Port Sudan for Jeddah. IAF C-130J takes off with 136 passengers on board,” tweets MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi#OperationKaveri pic.twitter.com/vF3ChnJtcU
— ANI (@ANI) April 26, 2023
V Muraleedharan, the MoS of External Affairs, announced on Thursday that 297 more Indians have been evacuated from Sudan’s conflict zone. Around 1,100 Indians were rescued from Sudan with this second ship, in six batches. As part of the ‘Operation Kaveri’ evacuation effort, the ship INS Sumedha carried stranded Indians to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
#WATCH Indian Navy engaged in evacuation of Indian nationals from Sudan
INS Teg has evacuated 297 Indians from Port Sudan to Jeddah. This is 2nd batch to arrive by Navy’s warships,first batch of 278 Indians was brought to Jeddah by INS Sumedha on 26 Apr.
(Source:Indian Navy) pic.twitter.com/WDyng0wJ47
— ANI (@ANI) April 27, 2023
Volatile Situation In Sudan and Operation Kaveri
The security situation in Sudan is complex and volatile, and India’s efforts have focused on ensuring the protection of Indian nationals, according to Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra on Thursday.
During a press conference, he stated that India has been in contact with all parties involved in Sudan, with the goal of removing Indians from crisis zones.
“Our priority has been to get Indians out of conflict zones as quickly as possible and then bring them back home,” the foreign secretary added.
Referring to India’s ‘Operation Kaveri’ evacuation mission, he stated that 360 Indians have been returned home and that another batch of 246 will arrive soon.
At least 670 Indian people have been evacuated from Sudan, and India hopes to save more of its countrymen before the expiration of a precarious ceasefire between the regular army and a paramilitary force.
For the past 12 days, Sudan has seen violent conflict between the country’s army and a paramilitary group, which has reportedly killed 400 people.
India increased its attempts to remove Indians from Sudan after a 72-hour truce was reached following extensive negotiations between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces.