India evacuates two nurses from Iraq’s conflict zone
NEW DELHI: India
has evacuated two nurses, other than the 46 stranded in a hospital in Tikrit,
from Iraq’s conflict zone taking the total number of those rescued so far to 36
as all Indian envoys in Gulf countries have been called to New Delhi on June 29
to discuss the Iraqi issue and other regional complexities.
“Two nurses in the
zone of conflict, other than the group of 46 (in Tikrit), have been rescued and
evacuated. They are now in Karbala which is again a safe place,” the
spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs said.
did not specify the place from where the two nurses were pulled out. He said
the modalities of their return were being worked out and their tickets were
being facilitated by the MEA.
“We have got their
tickets and they will fly back to India as soon as possible. They are now in
the safe zone,” the spokesperson said. The Ministry had earlier evacuated 34
Indians from the country while 39 other Indian citizens still remain in
On those in
captivity, the spokesperson said, “those who think we are in the dark about it,
we are not in the dark about it. As of today, we again have confirmation from
multiple sources that these Indians remain in captivity and they are unharmed.”
The MEA was in touch with a variety of sources who have confirmed this, he
With regard to the
46 nurses stranded in a hospital in Tikrit, the spokesperson said no one had
intruded into the hospital and they have electricity and food supply.
“We are working with a variety of people on
how best we can move them out from there but…it is not possible to use land
routes and in such situations while we will work, we will also advise caution,”
the spokesperson said.
“And that we have
done yesterday in terms of requests and advise to all of them to ensure that
they do not move out of their places they are staying in, given the security
situation there,” he said.
meanwhile has called all Indian envoys in Gulf countries to New Delhi on June
29 to discuss the complexities of the Iraqi issue.