AirFirst batch of rescued persons from violence South Sudan likely to reach Trivandrum, Kerala tomorrow morning at around 6 am, says External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Thursday.

Earlier, Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh, who is leading the government’s ‘Operation Sankat Mochan’ to evacuate Indians from South Sudan, has landed in Juba in C-17 aircraft.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said that Singh would be leading the evacuation mission accompanied by by Amar Sinha, Secretary (Economic Relations) in the External Affairs Ministry, Joint Secretary Satbir Singh and Director Anjani Kumar.

She said India’s Ambassador in South Sudan Srikumar Menon and his team were organising this operation on the ground.

There are around 500 Indians in the country.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Monday evening ordered a ceasefire after days of heavy fighting between government troops and forces loyal to Vice President Riek Machar in Juba.

President Kiir directed all commanders to cease all hostilities, control their forces and protect civilians, Information Minister Michael Makuei said in a televised speech on the state broadcaster SSTV.

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