Iraq crisis: Over 90 Indians left Baghdad, other regions, says MEA

The Ministry of External Affairs on Monday said that several Indians trapped in Iraq have left for India as the country battles ongoing militant onslaught.

By Tarun Khanna | Last Updated: Jul 01, 2014, 00:48 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Tarun Khanna

New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Monday said that several Indians trapped in Iraq have left for India as the country battles ongoing militant onslaught.

While speaking to the reporters, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that from Karbala, 30 Indians have left Iraq today and the rest 100 will leave in next 3 to 4 days.

“From Najaf, 60 Indian have left today. For 31 papers will be processed tomorrow and for the remaining 30 it will be done a day after.

From Baghdad, four Indians have left today while 8 will leave depending on the availability of tickets.

“The Indians, who have left Iraq, are arriving by commercial flights. However, as per requirements national flights are also ready,” said Syed.

Meanwhile, 46 Indian nurses stuck in Tikrit want to be evacuated as soon as possible.

Recounting the fierce battle between Iraqi troops and ISIS militants, the nurses said that they cannot stay in the region for another day.

The Indian government had set up three camp offices in Najaf, Karbala and Basra to assist its nationals both in conflict zones and non-conflict zones in Iraq.

The ISIS militants have killed hundreds of people since the start of the offensive and have seized prominent regions in Iraq.

As per UN report, some 500,000 people have been internally displaced.