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Aircrafts carrying Indians from South Sudan to reach Delhi by tomorrow

Updated: Jul 14, 2016 23:23 IST      
Aircrafts carrying Indians from South Sudan to reach Delhi by tomorrow

New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday took to Twitter to inform that two Indian Air Force C17 aircrafts, carrying hundreds of Indians from War-torn South Sudan, will reach Delhi tomorrow.

"Both aircrafts are reaching Delhi via Thiruvananthapuram. First flight will land there around 5 am and reach New Delhi around 10 am tomorrow," she tweeted.

In a series of tweets, Swaraj further stated that Indian Air Force is carrying out the operation and Indian Railways along with Air India will facilitate the onward journey.

"Indian Railways and Air India will facilitate their onward journey," she tweeted.

"Indian Air Force is carrying out OP," she tweeted.

Earlier today, two IAF C17s departed for South Sudan with Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh leading the 'Sankat Mochan' operation.

VK Singh led team landed in Juba and started the evacuation process of the Indians.

The developments were set in motion after Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar appealed to Swaraj to help the Indian nationals stuck in the war-struck area.

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has ordered a ceasefire after days of intense fighting in Juba which left more than 150 dead and many more injured since fighting broke out on Thursday.

The ceasefire announcement came as United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called on the Security Council to impose an "immediate arms embargo" and targeted sanctions on leaders and commanders blocking implementation of the peace deal.

There was renewed fighting between the government and former rebel forces since Thursday in Juba.

The latest exchanges were apparently sparked by a shootout between President Kiir's and Vice President Riek Machar's bodyguards. (ANI)

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