Erbil in Kurdistan, Iraq: from where 46 Indian Nurses and 137 others came to India
Special Air India flight that carried 46 Indian nurses and 137 others from Erbil in Kurdistan, Iraq arrived to Kochi in Kerala, India on 5 July 214.
At present Iraq is under the attack of ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) jihadist militants. They abducted the nurses against their will from a hospital in the militant-controlled city of Tikrit in Iraq. Tikrit is the birthplace of former President Saddam Hussein.
Kurdish authorities released the Nurses from the ISIL captivity in Iraq on 4 July 2014. After releasing the nurses from Mosul they brought them to Erbil and handed over them to Indian Embassy officials.
This evacuation process was undertaken under collective efforts of External Affairs Ministry and Indian Embassy in Iraq.
When: 5 July 2014
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