Naval Ship INS Sumitra which was diverted from anti-piracy duty in the Gulf of Aden and anchored just off the Yemen coast has entered Aden to assist the evacuation operation that has been officially named “Operation Raahat”.
There has been increased urgency for evacuation with mounting fears of a ground invasion by Saudi-led forces into Yemen to fight back the Houthi rebels in control.
Two more ships, the destroyer INS Mumbai and the frigate INS Tarkash have set sail from India.
The problem is road travel is curtailed because they are fighting,” .
The other problem was that the Saudi forces were not extending bigger air-flight windows to allow the evacuation flights to operate from Sana’a.
Officials say the Op. Raahat plan is to deploy all naval ships and four aircraft, including two IAF C-17 Globe-masters and two Air India flights stationed in Muscat all together to launch a “composite” evacuation effort.
in addition to the approximately 4,000 Indian laborers, businessmen and nurses registered with the Indian embassy, there are “at least 5,000” illegal workers as well, who need to be evacuated.