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200 more Indians return from Iraq

New Delhi: Another batch of 200 Indian nationals arrived here today 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 today," the Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry tweeted. With the arrival of the fresh batch, the total number of Indians who have returned from the war-torn country crosses 2,500.

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 Qaida in Iraq.

With MEA 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".

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