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First batch of Indians return from Yemen
Mumbai, Jun 10 (Agencies):
Published on 10 Jun. 2011 11:16 PM IST
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The first batch of Indians evacuated from strife-torn Yemen landed at Mumbai airport on Friday, Kerala government sources told NDTV.
The batch comprised of 49 Indians in all. Those bound for Kerala will be flown to Kochi later in the day, sources added.
The External Affairs Ministry had, on Tuesday, renewed its appeal to Indian nationals and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) to leave the Arab country urgently and had reminded them to avail of the Indian embassy’s helplines.
After the wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh left the country, a deep power vacuum has been created in Yemen.
If the President were to return, it would almost certainly re-ignite fighting that shaken the capital the past two weeks, between government troops and opposition tribesmen determined to oust Saleh. That could throw the country into even greater chaos - and even outright civil war, if the Opposition becomes convinced that the only way to remove him is through force.
Indian Embassy in Yemen provided with more personnel
New Delhi, Jun 10 (PTI): The Indian Embassy in Sana’a has been provided with additional personnel to assist Indians in need with air tickets and special travel documents in Yemen where clashes between police and pro-government supporters have steadily intensified killing over 200 people so far.
Noting that while several Embassies in Yemen have closed down and most others have pruned their staff to bare minimum, the MEA said the Indian Embassy in Sana’a has been provided with additional personnel to assist the nationals.
It said so far only a few Indian nationals have availed of the Embassy’s facilitation.
The ministry and the Indian Embassy in Sana’a have, repeatedly reached out to Indian nationals, as well as, representatives of Indian organizations in Yemen, advising them to leave the country at the earliest, by available commercial means, an official release said here.
It has also been pointed out, time and again, that any Indian national requiring assistance including with travel, should immediately approach the Embassy in Sana’a on designated Help Lines, the ministry said and denied reports that Indians were stranded in Yemen for want of funds or travel documents.
“It may be reiterated that the Indian Embassy in Sana’a is all geared up to assist all Indians in need, with air tickets and/or special travel documents.....Commercial flights are operating regularly between Sana’a and Dubai, arrangements have been made by our Embassy to fly out all needy Indian nationals who approach the Mission,” it said.
There were over 10,000 PIOs and Indian nationals in Yemen, according to MEA estimates last week.

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