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No Easy Thoroughfare




Strife-torn Yemen with pressure building everyday on the opposite forces, Shia Houthi has reached almost an anti climax. Though unverified Shia Houthis are said to be backed by Iran while the forces loyal to president Hadi with support from Saudi Arabia, Sunni Muslim dominant country are in fierce combat with them. UN has reported the war causalities as par the war standards. Despite the loss of life and absence of peace protocols, Shia Houthis are advancing fastly towards the central Aden, considered to be last stronghold of Saudi coalition. Aden and Sanaa, two prominent cities, where the Indians predominantly from Kerala state are presently trying their destinies in healthcare sector as paramedical staff are under direct threat. 

India despite its track record of no sea war experience for the past decade and recently being in news for accidental drowning or collision of its submarine and warships, has been able to give very impressive and decent feat at Yemen. The local port, Al Mukalla where the warship INS Sumitra was first anchored was unable to board Indians due to indiscriminate firing in the connecting zones. The warship took another route to reach at Djibouti from where the final rescue mission was initiated. Above 1,000 people have been rescued so far by the INS Mumbai, the INS Sumitra and other missile destroyer warships.


Local air and ferry services too played a significant role, a reminder of justice to human life. The incidents like the recent plane crash including one of the co-pilots being suicidal and digging a grave for over 100 along with him often makes us feel detached from the idea of humanity and believe in the fragility of the system in some cases. However, it is proved wrong.

According to UN, the main supplies to basic groceries of food and health are blocked, and Aden could anytime be a disease breeding ground with the corpses a common sight on city roads. Due to wide possibility of being on the unfair side, it is really wise of the Indian government to start negotiating its citizens out of Yemen city of Sanaa and Aden. It is heart warming to welcome the Indians back from Yemen and hope with passage of time, the scars of war and strife will be healed and life will restore to its normal.

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