Govt evacuates 156 from South Sudan

One hundred and fifty six people who were evacuated from South Sudan arrived on a special Indian Air Force C-17 aircraft at the global airport here early on Friday. With two IAF transport planes in mission "Sankat Mochan" and MoS for external affairs V.K. Singh present, the operation should be a logistical success. As soon as a ceasefire was declared, Indian government launched "Mission Sankat Mochan" to evacuate the stranded Indians, and sent two aircraft to ferry them back to India.

Of the total 156 Indian nationals evacuated from South Sudan, 85 deplaned at Thiruvananthapuram airport while 71 landed at Palam.

"Humanitarian organizations are responding to the most critical needs, including distributing high energy biscuits, nutritional supplements and sanitary items, establishing family tracing and reunification systems, re-supplying of vital medicines, and providing light basic supply kits for the most vulnerable people", Dujarric added. Over 300 Indians will continue to stay there for their business interests. "He expressed outrage at the untold suffering inflicted upon the people of South Sudan", said a statement released by Ban's office.

"Our aim was to evacuate people from Juba and the outskirts who were telling us that they are in danger".

The discharge operation suffered a hard when numerous Indians, subsequent enrolling with the External Affairs Ministry for moving from the Juba, South Sudan. declined to deliver and notwithstanding an appeal by External affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

An Associated Press reporter at the airport in the capital, Juba, saw local authorities refuse about 20 dual South Sudanese-U.S. citizens from leaving the country, despite the presence of U.S. Embassy staff.

"Indians in South Sudan - Pls move out". This was the reason for making the first landing in Thiruvananthpuram. MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted. "We have the Indian government, our PM Narendra Modi, and foreign affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to thank for the evacuation process". The air evacuation was started by Indian Air Force and Air India on April 3, 2015 from Sanaa. As the aircraft has brought via Uganda where the prime minister of Uganda also on Singh's side to help.

The First Vice President who also leads an opposition faction of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) said he was willing to return back to Juba but after a third force is deployed in the capital to take charge and ensure safety and no return to violent confrontations.

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