India: 23 Nations Seek Help in Evacuating Citizens from Yemen
India says 23 countries have sought its help in evacuating their citizens from war-torn Yemen after New Delhi mounted a massive operation to bring out its citizens both by air and sea.
In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his support to the rescue effort saying the evacuation efforts “reflect our willingness to serve our people and readiness to help others in distress.”
India has brought out some 3,000 people so far. About half its nationals working in Yemen are nurses. It has also helped some citizens of other countries.
Some were brought out in small boats to naval ships, which could not dock at Aden due to shelling. Others have been brought home by air after India sought Saudi Arabia’s assistance to gain safe access to Yemeni airspace.
India has past experience in large scale evacuation efforts. In recent years it has carried out similar operations in Ukraine, Iraq and Libya.
New Delhi has also been taking the lead in humanitarian missions in the Indian Ocean region. In December, Indian ships and planes ferried water to Maldives when it was hit with a drinking water shortage.
New Indictment in Islamic State Terror Plot
A fourth man in New York City is facing charges in a previously announced plot to provide material support to Islamic State militants.
Federal and local authorities announced Monday that 26-year-old Dilkhayot Kasimov was indicted by a grand jury along with three other men who were arrested back in February.
Kasimov is accused of working with another man, Abror Habibov, to raise $1,600 to help a third man, Akhror Saidakhmetov, to travel to Syria in order to join the Islamic extremist group.
Court papers say Saidakhmetov was arrested at John F. Kennedy Airport as he was attempting to board a flight to Istanbul, Turkey.
Prosecutors also say a further investigation uncovered electronic messages from Kasimov urging others to participate in "violent jihad." He faces a total of 30 years in prison if convicted. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Wednesday.