A US air base in Germany was preparing to receive evacuees from Afghanistan, Air Force officials said on Friday.
“Ramstein Airmen have been preparing round the clock to provide support, such as temporary accommodation, as the base receives planes carrying evacuees in the coming days,” Ramstein Air Base tweeted.
Military and volunteers set up cots and sorted donated items such as toilet paper, diapers and soccer balls for the imminent arrival of the evacuees, photos tweeted by the base showed.
“We put ourselves in their shoes – if we were to escape a terrible force and leave all of our things behind, what would we need when we got to a safe place? The Air Force First Sgt. Andrew Wilder told Stars and Stripes, a military publication.
Hundreds of people who fled Kabul after the Taliban takeover, including many Afghan families, were due to arrive at the base from Qatar, Stars and Stripes reported.
The base can house up to 5,000 evacuees who will eventually be moved to more permanent accommodation, the United States Embassy in Berlin said, according to Stars and Stripes.
Thousands of people were already evacuated from Hamid Karzai Airport in Kabul last week amid unstable political backdrop.
On Friday, President Biden pledged to bring all Americans back from Afghanistan – as well as all Afghans who helped with the war effort – amid a backlash over chaotic scenes at the airport.
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Biden’s promises came as thousands of other Americans and others seeking to escape the Taliban struggled to overcome overwhelming crowds, Taliban airport checkpoints and sometimes overwhelming US bureaucracy.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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