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.
The operation is called "Sankat Mochan" and is led from the front by MoS External Affairs, General V K Singh.
23-year-old Mohini Madlani says the sight of the uneventful tarmac of the terminal at the Indian Air Force's Technical airport in Palam ended the long-winding drama that she and her husband had witnessed in the last 72 hours. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday also hailed the efforts of the external affairs ministry and the defence ministry, the IAF, Air India and the Railways for undertaking evacuation of Indians from war-torn South Sudan under the "Operation Sankat Mochan".
As the guns remained silent, President Salva Kiir said he was granting an amnesty, with effect from Wednesday, to the ex-rebels loyal to longtime rival Riek Machar who battled government troops in Juba over four days.
Women and children will be accommodated on priority, it added. I heard news that the Indian government wanted to evacuate Indians from Juba.
AnAssociated 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.
Machar's sacking as vice president in 2013 set off a cycle of retaliatory killings that split the poverty-stricken, landlocked country along ethnic lines and drove more than two million out of their homes.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Saturday warned that the human costs of recent fighting in the capital Juba will be compounded by deepening hunger across South Sudan if peace does not hold.
".@SushmaSwaraj Ma'am request for speedy measures and actions to evacuate Indians stranded in Sudan".
Intense gunfire erupted again in Juba on July 7 as the renewed fighting threatened to send the world's youngest country back to all-out civil war. While 156 who turned up were evacuated, about 30 to 40 people are expected to return soon by commercial flights.
The convoy of around 200 vehicles including, including 2000 troops with heavily armed vehicles is expected to make another more that 600km trip back to South Sudan to fetch more people. "I saw a girl of 12, her three-year-old sister in her arms, come for a consultation, saying she had lost both parents".
The Kerala government was represented by State Minister for Electricity Kadakampally Surendran and district officials. The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has so many foreign troops.