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Operation Insaniyat: India sends food for Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh

India sent rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, tea, ready to eat noodles, biscuits, mosquito nets

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Rohingya Muslims, Rohingya refugees
Rohingya Muslim girl Afeefa Bebi, who recently crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, holds her few-hours-old brother as doctors check her mother Yasmeen Ara at a community hospital in Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh. Photo: AP | PTI

India on Thursday extended for Rohingya in by flying down food and other essential items to the neighbour to help it deal with the huge influx of who have fled from Myanmar.

The relief material will be delivered in multiple consignments under "Operation Insaniyat", with the first tranche to be flown to Chittagong by an Indian Air Force plane later on Thursday evening.

The assistance, according to an External Affairs Ministry statement, was extended in response to the "humanitarian crisis being faced on account of the large influx of into Bangladesh".

Dhaka had earlier sought New Delhi's help in addressing the problems faced by the government as hundreds of thousands of have entered that country after fleeing persecution in Myanmar's restive Rakhine state.

The relief material consists of items required urgently by the affected people, namely rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, tea, ready to eat noodles, biscuits, mosquito nets, the statement said.

"India has always responded readily and swiftly to any crisis in Bangladesh, in keeping with the close ties of friendship between the peoples of India and

"India stands ready to provide any assistance required by the government of Bangladesh in this hour of need," the statement said.

First Published: Thu, September 14 2017. 15:35 IST