The first evacuees from Kabul arrived in Germany after a tumultuous week in which the international community faced the fallout from the US military exit from Afghanistan and the Taliban takeover.
The Defense Ministry released photos of people evacuated at Ramstein Air Base on Friday, where qualified people are said to be given temporary accommodation.
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE IN GERMANY PREPARES TO WELCOME EVACUATES FROM AFGHANISTAN
Officials at the US air base said staff were “working tirelessly” to prepare for the arrival of the evacuees.
Evacuation flights had resumed after a 6-7 hour break which the Pentagon said resulted from “no rooms” being available in Qatar, where the flights were heading, officials said.
About 13,000 evacuees have been airlifted out of Afghanistan to date, according to the Pentagon.
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On Friday, a defense official said about 5,700 people, including 250 Americans, were evacuated from Kabul aboard 16 C-17 transport planes, guarded by a temporary US military deployment of 6,000 troops. In each of the previous two days, around 2,000 people were airlifted, officials said.
Authorities also confirmed that US military helicopters flew over Kabul airport to pick up 169 Americans seeking to evacuate. Officials did not say how many US citizens remain in Afghanistan, but estimates go as high as 15,000.
Lucas Tomlinson of Fox News contributed to this report, as well as the Associated Press.
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