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Salalah transit for Indian rescue flight from Yemen.

Muscat: Two Air India flights with Indians evacuated from Yemen are likely to land in Salalah on Tuesday on their way to Delhi and Mumbai, said sources in Salalah. On Tuesday morning, a plan chart uploaded by Syed Akbaruddin, spokesperson for the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, on Twitter showed that two A321 flights from Sana'a via Djibouti would be landing in Salalah on its way to Mumbai or Delhi in India. However, sources in Salalah said in the evening that the flights had not yet arrived but there are chances it would. Last week, on its way to Yemen via Djibouti, two Air India flights were parked at Muscat International Airport waiting for clearance. India has been executing one of the most challenging rescue operations in strife-torn Yemen, pulling out its own and citizens from at least 26 other countries. On Monday, India evacuated more than 1,000 people (574 from Sana'a by air and 479 from Al Hodayda by sea) executing a sophisticated air-sea operation showcasing its maritime power. Until now, India has evacuated more than 3,500 of its nationals and 225 citizens from at least 26 countries in a rare gesture. Akbaruddin shared the information on micro-blogging site Twitter. "Requests for Indian assistance in evacuation from Yemen keep growing. At last count, 26 requests received," he posted. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also hailed the "seamless" operation by various government departments to evacuate Indians along with other nationals from strife-torn Yemen. Yemen has been witnessing a fierce battle between Saudi-led coalition and Shiite rebels, who have battled their way into various cities in Yemen, including the former stronghold of President Abd Rabbuh Manur Hadi who fled the country. China rescue mission Meanwhile, a Chinese navy ship carrying nine Chinese and one Japanese evacuated from Yemen also arrived at Salalah port. Last week, China's Linyi and Weifang missile frigates evacuated 571 Chinese nationals from Yemen, and it was the first time that China had deployed warships for the evacuation of its citizens in a foreign country. On Monday, warship Linyi again picked up 38 Chinese nationals and 45 Sri Lankans at Yemen's western port of Al Hodayda, and left for Djibouti. To get in touch:reji@timesofoman.com

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Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
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Date:Apr 7, 2015
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