Bombing near Tikrit hospital; nurses ‘safe and unharmed’: Government
NEW DELHI: India on
Tuesday said there has been bombing and firing in the vicinity of the building
where 46 Indian nurses are stuck in Tikrit but added they were “safe and
unharmed” and that it was hopeful of “extricating” them from the difficult
situation as 230 Indians are already out of the war-hit Iraq.
The Spokesperson in
the External Affairs Ministry said an additional 1,000 people have approached
them with the request that they want to move out of Iraq and an equal number
had conveyed that they want to stay.
“There has been
bombing and firing in the vicinity of their (nurses’) building. They have taken
refuge in the basement. They are in an extremely delicate situation. We have
informed the Iraqi agencies of their location and we remain hopeful that
despite these difficulties, we will be able to extricate them,” the
He said the nurses
were “safe and unharmed” and in touch with the Indian mission. About 39 Indians
who are still in captivity, he said India’s understanding was that they were
unharmed so far.
which has no embassy in Iraq, has sought India’s help in facilitating the
departure of its nationals, to which India has agreed, he said. The
Spokesperson said that after a batch of 94 Indians who flew back yesterday, an
additional 136 are coming back, taking the total number of those who have left
so far to 230.
He said the Indians
who are coming out of Iraq are mainly from north India followed by Hyderabad
and Kerala. Meanwhile, Indian officials in Iraq are reaching out to compatriots
themselves and busy facilitating the paperwork and ticketing, for those needing
it, to enable them to fly back home.