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IAF planes bring back 664 Indians from strife-torn Yemen

April 04, 2015 10:13 IST

Image: 334 passengers onboard one of the two C-17 Globemaster III of the IAF that brought home Indians from Djibouti. Photograph: Sitanshu Kar/Twitter

Over 660 Indian nationals evacuated from Yemen arrived home by two IAF planes and a special Air India flight on Friday night, taking the total number of evacuees who have been safely brought back from the strife-torn country to 1,022.

While two Indian Air Force planes carrying 334 people landed in Mumbai past 11 pm, a special Air India flight with 330 Indians reached Kochi airport post midnight.

Image: Indian evacuees from Yemen land in Mumbai. Photograph: Sitanshu Kar/Twitter

They were part of evacuees who were brought to Djibouti from Sanaa earlier in the day.

The two Air Force C-17 Globemasters which landed in Mumbai carried among others, 306 evacuees -- 251 men, 38 women, 17 children -- rescued by Navy vessel INS Sumitra.

Image: Indian nationals evacuated from Al Hodeidah by INS Sumitra came to Mumbai by 2 IAF C-17s on Friday night. Photograph: Sitanshu Kar/Twitter

In Kochi, the evacuees, including nurses and workers, were welcomed at the airport by Kerala Minister for Diaspora K C Joseph along with state government officials.

Image: IAF's C-17 Globemaster III at Djibouti before their flight to Mumbai. Photograph: Sitanshu Kar/Twitter

On Thursday, 358 Indians evacuated from the Yemen were brought home by two IAF planes. The first plane carrying 168 people, mostly nurses from Kerala, had landed at Kochi airport, while the second plane carrying 190 Indian nationals had landed in Mumbai.

Image: An evacuee thanks the crew of the IAF's C-17 at Mumbai airport. Photograph: Sitanshu Kar/Twitter

Yemen has been witnessing fierce battle between Saudi-led coalition and Shiite rebels, who have battled their way into the heart of the country's main southern city Aden where fighting raged in the former stronghold of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi who has fled overseas.

Image: Final checks being made at Djibouti before the flight to Mumbai. Photograph: Sitanshu Kar/Twitter
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