IAF Rescues 58 Indians Stranded In Iran Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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Iran, which has been witnessing increasing numbers of coronavirus cases, houses about 2,000 Indians.

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Fifty-eight Indians were brought back from coronavirus-hit Iran on Tuesday, March 10, by a military transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

A C-17 Globemaster, the aircraft was sent to Tehran on Monday evening, March 9.

Iran, which has been witnessing increasing numbers of coronavirus cases, houses about 2,000 Indians.

"The IAF aircraft has landed. Mission completed. On to the next," External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted.

In an earlier tweet, he said, "The first batch of 58 Indian pilgrims being brought back from Iran. IAF C-17 taken off from Tehran and expected to land soon in Hindon."

The passengers were taken to a medical facility in Ghaziabad, where the aircraft landed. Latest reports reveal that 237 people have died of the novel coronavirus in Iran, and there are about 7,000 positive cases.

The C-17 Globemaster, the largest military aircraft in the IAF's inventory, can carry large combat equipment, troops and humanitarian aid in all weather conditions, across long distances. A Mahan airline plane had brought swab samples of 300 Indians from Iran to India just four days ago.

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