BErlin (DPA) – The Armed Forces It has brought more than 1,600 people from Afghanistan to safety in the largest evacuation operation to date.
As Bundeswehr announced on Friday, they are German citizens, local employees in Afghanistan and from a total of 36 countries. The largest number of security seekers flew US-Army Absolutely. According to the Pentagon, there have been 7,000 since Saturday.
Other Western states, after seizing power, became extremist Islamists Taliban Airlifts started. At the request of NATO headquarters in Brussels, it said it did not yet have an exact count of the total number of people brought abroad by airlift. According to reports from various capitals, there are already more than 10,000. Thousands are still desperately waiting for the opportunity to leave Afghanistan.
The President of Afghanistan was on Sunday Ashraf Ghani Flew out of the country in a hurry. Hours later, the Taliban captured the capital, Kabul, with a population of 5.4 million. The time pressure for the withdrawal is mounting as the United States wants to complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan by August 31.
According to the Department of Defense, it is unclear how many asylum seekers the United States will bring safely. US President Biden spoke about about 50,000 to 65,000 aid workers, including their families. On Friday, US broadcaster CNN reported that about 6,000 people were waiting to be flown out by a U.S. military plane with valid papers. The U.S. Armed Forces wants to significantly increase the number of people leaving daily. According to the Pentagon, flights are available to 5,000 to 9,000 people a day.
The British government had announced the evacuation of 1,000 people a day. Secretary of Defense James Heppy told Sky News on Friday that the target had been reached in the past 24 hours. According to official figures, more than 300 British citizens and more than 2,000 local Afghan workers fled the country in the middle of the week.
France offers visa on site
The French Foreign Ministry announced that nearly 500 people had been evacuated by Thursday evening. For this, three flights have been arranged so far. In addition, hundreds of French and Afghan local workers were expelled from the country as early as May and July in anticipation of the current crisis. France points out that, unlike other countries, it still issues visas to endangered Afghans.
Spain has expelled more than 160 people. Another second machine was launched Friday morning with 110 Spaniards and Afghans, as Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Twitter. According to state radio station RNE, Afghanistan wheelchair basketball team captain Nilofar Byat was one of those who flew out. In all, Spain wants to bring 600 people safely from Afghanistan, according to the daily El Mundo, citing the government.
Italy set up an airlift with eight military transport aircraft as part of Operation Akila Amnia. People fly from Kabul to Kuwait and from there to Italy. Italy has been expelling about 900 former Afghan workers and their families since June (as of Friday morning), according to the Ministry of Defense. About 800 of them were brought to Italy. More than 1,500 Italian soldiers are involved in the operation.
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