Coming to the rescue of people stranded here due to the shutting of the Jammu-Srinagar Highway, the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Monday airlifted 707 persons to Srinagar.

IAF aircrafts made two sorties in the evening to fly the stranded persons to the Valley.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had earlier, during the day, announced that the Army and the IAF would rescue the stranded people.

A spokesman of the Army said that the relief effort in J&K has been undertaken jointly by the Indian Air Force and civil administration.

For the first time, two C-17 aircrafts airlifted 707 stranded students and passengers simultaneously from Air Force Station Jammu. In the first sortie, total 301, and in the second sortie, 406 passengers, including students, were airlifted from Jammu to Srinagar.

Jammu Air Commodore SK Mishra personally supervised the entire airlift operation at the Jammu Airbase.

All the passengers were also provided food packets by the Tiger Division.