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India is in the midst of one of the largest rescue missions from a foreign country.

Codenamed operation Raahat, the mission was launched in the last week of March to bring back Indians from war-torn Yemen.

On March 31, India sent V.K. Singh, one of its ministers and former chief of the Indian Army, to oversee the mission and ensure safe return of its citizens. By April 7 (Tuesday), India is expected to bring back almost all its citizens stuck in Yemen. As many as 4000 Indians—mostly engaged as laborers and nurses—were said to be living in the country before the rescue mission. About 2300 are now back in India, according to the news agency Press Trust of India.

Some facts regarding the operation-

  • So far the Indian Air force has airlifted 1,144 evacuees from Yemen. Most of them  were immediately transferred to Djibouti, a small country located near  Somalia at the horn of Africa, from where they were flown back to India.
  • The Indian national carrier, Air India,  carried 488 people through three special flights from Sana’a( Largest city in Yemen) to India on April 5. A day  later, Air India is reported to have evacuated 574 people from Sana’a to  Djibouti, described as the single largest evacuation by air in a day.
  • While Air India has so far used two Airbus A320’s and a Boeing 777 to evacuate Indians, the Indian Army used two C-17 Globe-masters to airlift Indians from Djibouti to Mumbai. The Indian air-force had dispatched its C-17s on April 2, and brought back 358 Indians.
  • INS Mumbai—a missile destroyer—and two other  vessels, including war ship INS Tarkash and INS Sumitra were sent to Yemen last week. India’s shipping corporation also sent two passenger  ships—Kavaratti and Corals—to Yemen to assist the navy. In all, India sent five ships to Yemen.
  • The last time the Indian Navy was actively involved in an international  rescue operation was roughly ten years ago—during the 2006 Lebanon War.
  • Small boats were used to transport Indians from  Yemen’s port city Aden onto the naval vessels that could not enter the  ports due to heavy firing. So far, between April 1 and April 5, INS  Sumitra and INS Mumbai have evacuated 1,330 people, including 1,154 Indians from Yemen and brought to Djibouti.

Now, impressed with the evacuation procedure, 26 countries have sought India’s help to evacuate their citizens from the war-torn country!!

This is indeed the proudest moment for any Indian!! India is truly blessed to have people with such dedication in the army and a PM with such a foresight and administrative capabilities!

Hope this helps!!

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Edit-1:As suggested by Amit Kulkarni, the list has been updated and Yemen has been removed from the list!

Edit-2:A picture which compliments the description! As suggested by Prateek Mittal

Edit-3:As suggested by Sagar Motewar and Anandam Mallik, In  1990 during gulf war, the Indian government airlifted over 1,70,000  Indians from Kuwait with help of 488 flights in just 59 days. Air India  entered into Guinness Book of World Records for the civil airline that  had evacuated the most people till date.

Edit-4: This shows the level of commitment

In this mission, a total of 5600+ people evacuated. Approximately 1000 were foreigners.

Edit: Got full detail of what actually happened in Yemen via Whatsapp. Pasting it here.

What exactly is happening in Yemen?

In the past six months, a war for political dominance between the two sects of Muslims—Sunni and Zaidi Shia—has intensified in Yemen, the Arab country in southwest Asia that has been imploding since 2011.Saudi Arabia has been trying to thwart the attempt by the Iran-backed Zaidi Shia group to take control of the country.

In February, however, Yemeni president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi fled the capital Sana’a when the rebel Shia group—also known as Houthis—strengthened their presence in the city.

Due to the worsening condition of the country, the Indian govt on March 31, decided to send Gen V.K. Singh, one of its senior ministers and former Chief of The Indian Army, to oversee the mission and ensure safe return of its citizens.The operation was called as ‘ Rahat’ – which means relief in Hindi

Here are a few facts about Operation Rahat, that every Indian should know about:

1) Saudi Arabia is attacking Yemen, but from the air. Their soldiers are afraid of setting foot on land fearing for their lives.

2). Pakistani Army & Air force form the bulk of Saudi force in Yemen, but Paksitani soldiers are afraid of landing in the cities due to the fear of being killed by Shia Militia.

3) Pakistani Ambassador to Yemen Dr Irfan Yousuf Shami escaped with all his staff, leaving behind hundreds of stranded Pakistani nationals.

4) What made the situation more complex was the fact that the airport and airspace in Yemen, is under the control of Saudi Arabia.

5) PM Modi called up Saudi King Salman for his co-operation in rescuing Indians from Yemen. Since the PM shares a good relationship with the Saudi King, the King assured his complete support. PM Modi requested the Saudi King to stop the air strike for some time and also allow Indian planes to fly out of Yemen, so that Indians could be evacuated from the strife torn country.

6) The Indian national carrier, Air India, carried 488 people through three special flights from Sana’a to India on April 5. A day later, Air India is reported to have evacuated 574 people from Sana’a to Djibouti, described as the single largest evacuation by air in a day. The Indian Airforce had dispatched its C-17s on April 2, and brought back 358 Indians.

7) GOI decided to take sea route to rescue the expatriates stranded in Aden, a port city, after the government’s plans to airlift them did not materialize due to attack on Sana’a airport.

5) Two merchant vessels and two warships — destroyer Mumbai and stealth frigate Tarkash — also left for Yemen, to help ferry other stranded expatriates back home. The government had also pressed into service INS Sumitra to ensure the safety and security of the passengers from pirates.

5) India’s shipping corporation also sent two passenger ships—Kavaratti and Corals— to assist the navy. In all, India sent five ships to Yemen. Small boats were used to transport Indians from Yemen’s port city Aden onto the naval vessels that could not enter the ports due to heavy firing.

6) Eyewitnesses state that, in such a hostile atmosphere, unarmed Gen VK Singh toured the cities & villages in Yemen, collecting Indians & anybody else who asked him for help. He did not sit in a car or a Helicopter. He actually got on the ground & walked on the roads, in the streets & commanded the operation.

7) Because of the stunning rescue work done by India, 26 nations reached out for help in evacuating their citizens. Countries like USA, Germany, France were amongst those which sought help.

8) Most aircrafts and ships landed in Mumbai and the southern Indian city of Kochi. The evacuees were then transported to their hometowns by Indian Railways. The railways offered free tickets for their onward journeys. In addition, state governments have offered financial support to many evacuees.

Its a matter of shame for the nation, that no leading newspaper or media channel finds this historic mission worthy enough to cover frontpages or be on prime time. Its up to social media now, to let truth prevail.

Resource:-  http://www.quora.com/?r=notif&__snids__=899899577&__nsrc__=1&__filter__=all

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