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VK Singh to lead operation for evacuating 300 Indians in South Sudan

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India announced on Wednesday that it will send two C-17 military transport aircraft to South Sudan’s capital Juba on Thursday morning to evacuate over 300 Indians stranded in the war-torn country.

“We are launching OP #SankatMochan to evacuate Indian nationals from South Sudan. My colleague @Gen_VKSingh is leading this operation,” external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said in a tweet.

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All Indian nationals with valid travel documents will be allowed onboard with a maximum of five kilograms of cabin baggage and no check-in pieces. Women and children will be accommodated on priority basis.

Apart from him, Amar Sinha, secretary (economic relations), will also travel to Juba.

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South Sudan has witnessed heavy fighting between former rebels and government soldiers. According to the foreign ministry, there are around 600 Indians in South Sudan – 450 of them in Juba and nearly 150 outside the capital.

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