Sanaa: Despite an assurance of safe evacuation by the Ministry of External Affairs, it seems that the sailors in Yemen are yet to avail any help from Indian government.
According to a report by the CNN-IBN, one of the sailors in his audio message has spoken of very tough situation there as “no help has reached” them and they are being bombarded with warplanes.
It has been over a fortnight that 70 Indians have been stuck in the war-torn country of Yemen.
"We are still stranded here. No help has reached us. The situation here is very bad. We were on the boat when they launched airstrike, it landed very close to us, if it landed any closer to us we would have been killed,” the IBNLive.com report quoted a stranded Indian as saying in an udio message.
"I am an Indian. My name is Sikandar. We are at Khokha port. They have lobbed three rockets and we somehow managed to save ourselves. We are running here and there to save ourselves," Sikandar adds in the message.
"We are 70 Indians stranded here along with five ships. They have been bombarding us with warplanes. Please help us. We are Indians. We are in great difficulty. They will kill us. Please save us," he said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of External affairs has assured that steps were being taken for the stranded Indian sailors' safe evacuation.
"Our Mission in Yemen (Camp Office in Djibouti) is aware of the situation and taking steps to ensure safe evacuation of Indians," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in Delhi when asked about the action being taken to rescue the Indians.
Nearly 70 seamen from the coastal village of Mandavi in Kutch and from Jodiya and Salaya villages of Jamnagar were stuck for over 15 days now at Khokha port in Yemen where they had gone to deliver cargo in five boats, a sailors group said in Gujarat and appealed to the government to rescue them.
It came days after six Indians, most of them from Gujarat, were killed when their boat came under Saudi-led air strikes in the Arab country.
With PTI Inputs