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183 back from Iraq, vow never to return

183 back from Iraq, vow never to return
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Back from Iraq, Vow Never to Return, Ending days of tension and uncertainty, 183 Indians stranded in strife-torn Iraq, including the 46 nurses from Kerala who were freed by Iraqi insurgents, arrived home on Saturday to a grand welcome while 200 more were on their way. Amidst tearful reunion with family members, the nurses vowed never to return to Iraq for work.

  • 46 nurses arrive in Kochi
  • 78 workers from T, AP land in Hyd
  • 600 more on way home


Ending days of tension and uncertainty, 183 Indians stranded in strife-torn Iraq, including the 46 nurses from Kerala who were freed by Iraqi insurgents, arrived home on Saturday to a grand welcome while 200 more were on their way. Amidst tearful reunion with family members, the nurses vowed never to return to Iraq for work.

Back from Iraq, Vow Never to Return. Photo: Thehansindia E-Paper
A special Air India flight from Erbil, capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region, carrying the 183 landed in Kochi close to noon with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and his cabinet colleagues, legislators, Lok Sabha members and state government officials waiting to receive them. A group of 78 people from various parts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, including nurses and construction workers in Iraq, later reached Hyderabad by the special flight and officials were making arrangements to send them to their respective hometowns. The external affairs ministry said that another 200 Indians will return to Delhi on Saturday night by a special Iraqi Airways chartered flight from Najaf.

In the next 48 hours, approximately another 400 Indians would be returning to various destinations, including Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, through commercial flights, said ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin.

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