Iraq on the brink

600 Indians to be evacuated this week

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Jul 01, 2014 01:01 IST

Ninety-four Indians left Iraq on Monday, starting the process for evacuating nearly 600 nationals this week from the war-hit country.

Meanwhile, ‘mobile teams’ of Indian officials have begun assisting those Indians who want to leave the country. The assistance in cities of Basra, Najaf, Karbala and Baghdad include purchasing air tickets, help in sorting out labour issues with employers.

“The facilitation of Indian nationals in Iraq in areas which are not in conflict zones is now underway. The special mobile teams are reaching out to residents where they are,” said external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin. 

“The departure of more than 600 Indian nationals will be facilitated during the course of this week,” he said, adding that officials are working on paperwork, ticketing and employers for those who might have problems.

The official also said that 60 Indians from Najaf, 30 from Karbala and four from Baghdad left the country on Monday. Asked about the 39 kidnapped Indians there, he reiterated that Indian officials are knocking on all doors. 

Talking about Basra  the official said six Indians who were in judicial custody will be released based on the documentation done by the mobile team.

“They will be leaving back shortly. In nearby Nasria, we are working on ensuring the paperwork of departure of another 50 Indian nationals,” he said.

 

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