Operation Sankat Mochan to rescue over 500 Indians stranded in violence-hit South Sudan started at the crack of dawn today.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted about the launch of the operation.
Swarup said that two C-17 aircrafts left for South Sudan capital with Minister of State for External Affairs Gen VK Singh on board.
— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) July 14, 2016
— Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) July 13, 2016
In violence that broke out on the country’s fifth independence day on July 9, about 300 people are feared to have been killed.
Though leaders of the fighting groups announced ceasefire on July 12 but many people are cautious Around 300 people were killed in just a few hours on Friday.
A fight erupted on July 9 in capital Juba between followers of President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, the former rebel leader who became vice-president under a deal to end a two-year civil war.
The reason behind the latest round of violence is, however, not clear.
Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has been constantly tweeting not to worry to the Indian nationals stuck in South Sudan.
Akshay Kumar ji – Pl do not worry. We are evacuating Indian nationals from Juba (South Sudan). https://t.co/Ppj3ojcIlm
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 12, 2016
Germany and Italy have also started evacuating their nationals and other foreigners from South Sudan.