Addressing mediapersons in New Delhi, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said immigration issues were impeding the evacuation of Indian nationals. About 100 Indian workers are trapped in areas overrun by ISIL.

Akbaruddin said in some cases they are required to pay fees or fines for these (immigration) issues and we are using the facilities available through the Indian community welfare funds to pay for those fines, which are of minor nature or may also be in some cases a little bit more than that.

Earlier on Wednesday the spokesperson said that nearly 600 Indians had left Iraq after being facilitated by the MEA and about 900 more were to follow even as the Indian embassy in Baghdad was in touch with the 46 nurses stuck in Tikrit who are ‘safe and unharmed’.

About 10,000 Indian nationals work in Iraq, mostly in areas unaffected by the fighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the national army.

JPN

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