INS Sumitra, which had evacuated 350 Indians from Aden on Tuesday night, was dispatched to Al Hudaydah on Wednesday to pull out over 300 Indians from there.

According to officials, while sea route has been working out fine for the evacuation operation 'Raahat', government was making efforts to have air route open to rescue its nationals from Sanaa, which was far from any port in Yemen.

There are over 2,000 Indians in Sanaa. "Another 300 plus on the cards. Evacuation of 300 plus
Indian nationals from Al Hudaydah, Yemen by INS Sumitra being planned for Thursday," the Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry cited.

He further tweeted that "Diplomatic options being pursued to ensure safe return of all Indians from Yemen.

" Minister of State in External Affairs V K Singh, who is in Djibouti to oversee evacuation operation, met Foreign Minister Mohamoud Ali Youssouf of Djibouti and thanked him for the help extended to India in the evacuation of its nationals.

Meanwhile, 358 evacuees, who were rescued from Aden by INS Sumitra and were taken to Djibouti, returned by two Indian Air Force C-17 Globemasters. While one flight carrying 190 nationals landed in Mumbai, another one with 168 Indians landed in Kochi in early hours Thursday.

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