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New Delhi: Another batch of 200 Indian nationals arrived here on Tuesday from conflict-hit Iraq, taking the number of those who have returned so far to over 2,500.
“One more flight. Iraqi Airways special flight from Najaf brought back 200 Indians nationals to Delhi earlier,” the spokesperson in the external affairs ministry tweeted.
While 2,500 tickets have already been utilised to bring back the Indians, an additional 1,000 tickets by the employers for the Indian workers have been facilitated by the mission, officials said.
There were about 10,000 Indians before the start of the serious strife between government troops and Sunni militants backed by Al Qaeda in Iraq.
With the ministry of external affairs facilitating the departures, it is estimated that there are about 7000 Indians in the non-conflict zones left.
Meanwhile, nearly 50 Indians are still believed to be in conflict areas. The Spokesperson had two days ago tweeted, “Returning in numbers! Total to reach about 3000 in next few days.”