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Evacuation of Bangladeshis from Yemen uncertain           
Saleem Samad
Published : Friday, 10 April, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 197
The evacuation of stranded Bangladeshi expatriates in war-torn Yemen has become uncertain as India called off the rescue mission.
Thousands of foreign nationals from different countries are also stuck in troubled city of Aden in the south.
Hundreds of stranded foreign nationals are eagerly waiting at Ma'alla, the port area with a hope that a rescue ship would come and take them to the nearest tiny Red Sea state of Djibouti, where it is safe.
Eyewitnesses said amidst fierce fighting, many who moved to Aden with the hope of being listed for evacuation are now living in mosques, considered to be safe place for expats.
The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Thursday morning in a message in Twitter "Mission Accomplished" announced to have winded  up 'Operation Raahat' and boasted that almost all the estimated 4,000 Indians in Yemen were evacuated safely from the war zone. In the world's biggest rescue operation from war zone, nearly 1,000 foreign nationals from 26 countries including Bangladesh expats were ferried to Djibouti, Indian MoD tweet said.
While the Indian Navy ferried people from troubled Port of Hodeidah, across the Red Sea to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, the Indian Air Force has been flying the Indians back home on C-17 Globemasters. The rescue mission was joined by passenger planes of Air India and last evacuation flights from Yemeni capital Sana'a concluded on Wednesday afternoon.
Houthi rebel forces are fighting battles street by street with troops and militia loyal to exiled Yemen President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi in all the intersections of Aden.

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