Sayyidna is an army airport 22 kilometers (14 mi) north of Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. According to reports, there was no aid to navigation on this runway. There was no light. There was no arrangement for fuel either. Air Force pilots used night vision goggles during the rescue operation.
stunt on small airstrip
According to reports, in a daring operation carried out on the night of 27/28 April 2023, a C-130J aircraft of the Indian Air Force rescued 121 people from a small airstrip in Wadi Sayyedna. These people had no means to reach Sudan Port. The convoy was led by the Indian Defense Attaché, who was in constant touch with the Indian Air Force officials till it reached the airstrip at Wadi Sayyedna.
Air Force pilots used Night Vision Goggles (NVG) for landing at night. While approaching the airstrip, the crew used their electro-optical/infra-red sensors to ensure that there was no obstruction on the short runway.
8 Garud commandos provided security to Indians
After making sure that the runway is clear, the courageous pilots of the Air Force made the landing of the aircraft. During this, 8 Garud commandos of the Special Force Unit of the Air Force secured the Indians. It was the commandos who got the luggage boarded safely in the aircraft. This Air Force operation which lasted for two and a half hours between Wadi Syedna and Jeddah is similar to the operation done in Kabul.
1360 Indians returned so far
Quoting the Ministry of External Affairs, news agency PTI informed that a total of 754 of our citizens reached India on Friday. Of these, 362 have reached Bengaluru. The Ministry of External Affairs tweeted that 362 Indians have reached Bengaluru under Operation Kaveri. They were brought to India from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. There we have made a transit camp. 360 Indians were brought home on Wednesday and 246 on Thursday. About 3500 Indians were present in Sudan. Of these, 1360 have been brought back.
512 deaths so far in Sudan conflict
The fighting between the army and the Paramilitary Force (RSF) for the coup in Sudan started on 15 April. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 512 people and soldiers have died in the fighting so far. 4,200 people have been injured.
Ceasefire will be on 30th April at 12 midnight
Meanwhile, the 72-hour ceasefire in Sudan is till 12 midnight on 30 April. During this time it is time for other countries to evacuate their citizens from here. However, even after the ceasefire, clashes are taking place in other parts of the country including the capital Khartoum.
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