India concluded its rescue operation in war-hit Yemen on Thursday by evacuating 5,600 people, which included 4,640 Indians and 960 nationals of 41 other countries.
"With the airlifting of over 630 persons from Sana'a today by three special Air India flight, India concluded its evacuation by air... Indian Naval Ship INS Sumitra evacuated 349 persons, including 46 Indians and 303 foreign nationals from Al Hudaydah port on 9 April," the press release by the ministry of external affairs stated.
"The entire evacuation effort has resulted in the evacuation of over 5600 persons. These include over 4640 Indian nationals and about 960 foreign nationals from 41 countries," the release added.
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, in a tweet on Thursday, said the Indian Embassy in Yemen will now be closed as the massive evacuation efforts have concluded.
The evacuation operation from Yemen is over. General V.K.Singh is returning tonight. We are closing our Embassy there.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) April 9, 2015
Netizens have lauded the efforts of the Indian government, minister of state for external affairs VK Singh, and the Army in the evacuation operation. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to admire the efforts of his countrymen.
Service to humanity knows no borders. Glad we helped many countries in evacuation from Yemen. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 8, 2015
"A really admirable work of high standards accomplished by the joint efforts of MEA and the Armed Forces of India. Words would not be enough to appreciate your work. The nation remains indebt to you forever," Anurup Gaurav Mohanty commented on MEA's post on Facebook.
Well done General VK Singh... Your evacuation efforts in Yemen is absolutely incredible... Proud of you @Gen_VKSingh
— Panish Herur (@8530ee879c8f484) April 10, 2015
"A big ROUND of applause to the INDIAN NAVY,INDIAN AIR FORCE ,INDIAN ARMY and all those who coordinated the plan," Raja Raja Anbu posted on MEA post on Facebook.
"that's called decisive leadership.... hats off to MEA , Ms Sushma swaraj and Gen VK singh. we have showed the world the class of leaders and leadership we have in India," Sandeep Dass posted.
— Jayesh Patel (@Jayesh_Patel52) April 10, 2015