10th Batch of 135 Indians Evacuated from Sudan under 'Operation Kaveri'

Sudan crisis: Operation Kaveri flight with 246 Indians on board evacuated from conflict-ridden Sudan landed, in Mumbai on Thursday.(Twitter/ S Jaishankar)

On Friday, amidst the ongoing Sudan conflict, another Indian Air Force C-130J flight departed with 135 stranded Indians en route to Jeddah, marking the 12th batch of evacuated citizens under #OperationKaveri. "An IAF C-130J takes off from Port Sudan with 135 passengers for Jeddah. This marks the 12th batch of stranded Indians evacuated under #OperationKaveri," stated Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi. In addition, INS Sumedha, stationed at Port Sudan, also left the country with 300 passengers onboard for Jeddah, bringing the total number of evacuated Indians to 2,400. The conflict in Sudan has led to bloodshed and clashes between the army and paramilitary forces.

Earlier, the Indian Air Force C-130J evacuated the 10th and 11th batches of 135 passengers from Port Sudan to Jeddah after the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) agreed to extend their ceasefire amid ongoing violence in the capital Khartoum and the western Darfur region. The Sudanese army had agreed to extend the ceasefire for an additional 72 hours following mediation efforts by Saudi Arabia and the United States.

Reports indicate that clashes have continued to occur during the ongoing ceasefire. Clashes between soldiers loyal to Sudanese army leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his deputy, paramilitary Rapid Support Soldiers (RSF) commander Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, have resulted in ongoing violence. To ensure that no Indian nationals are left behind in Sudan, India has deployed its military planes and warships in the war-torn country.