Centre Launches ‘Operation Kaveri’ To Rescue Indians Stranded In Sudan: 5 Points

New Delhi: India today launched ‘Operation Kaveri’ to rescue its citizens stranded in Sudan amidst violent conflict between the country’s army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), Foreign Minister S Jaishankar announced on Twitter.

Here’s your 5-point cheatsheet in this big story:

  1. About 500 Indians have reached Port Sudan for evacuation, and more are on their way, Mr Jaishankar said.
  2. “Two Indian Air Force C-130J are currently positioned on standby in Jeddah. And, INS Sumedha has reached Port Sudan,” the government earlier said in a statement.
  3. India has already positioned two heavy-lift military transport aircraft in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah and a naval ship at a key port in Sudan as part of its contingency plans to evacuate stranded Indians.
  4. The government had on Friday said it was focusing on the safety of over 3,000 Indian citizens presently located throughout Sudan.
  5. Violence broke out in the capital Khartoum and across other regions in Sudan on April 15 between forces loyal to army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his deputy-turned-rival Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who commands the powerful paramilitary Rapid Support Forces. The former allies seized power in a 2021 coup but later fell out in a bitter power struggle.

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