Spain ends evacuations from Kabul: government

Spain ends evacuations from Kabul: government


Madrid: Spain said on Friday that it had ended its evacuation from Kabul just over a week after the Taliban took over Afghanistan and began airlifting its citizens.

The government said in a statement: “Spain has completed the evacuation of its Afghan collaborators and their families.”

It added that the last two flights landed in Dubai on Friday morning.

The plane carried 81 Spanish citizens still in Afghanistan, including embassy personnel, army and naval forces, 4 Portuguese soldiers and 85 Afghans who had worked for Spain, Portugal and NATO.

The government stated that they will fly Europa Airlines to the Torrejón de Ardoz military base near Madrid in the afternoon.

The Spanish Armed Forces evacuated a total of 1,900 Afghans, employees and their families working in Spain, the United States, Portugal, the European Union, the United Nations and NATO, as well as the staff of the Spanish Embassy in Kabul.

Madrid used military aircraft to transport the evacuees to Dubai, where they were transferred to commercial flights to Europe.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez had vowed to evacuate “as many people as possible” out of Kabul following the twin suicide bombings at the Afghan capital’s airport.

During the hugely complex evacuation operations put in place after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, Spain flew out a lot of Afghan employees of EU institutions, who are housed at the Torrejon de Ardoz base before being distributed among EU member states.

Spain has also agreed to host up to 4,000 Afghans who will be airlifted by the United States to airbases in Rota and Moron de la Frontera in southern Spain.

According to the agreement signed between Madrid and Washington, evacuees can stay in air bases jointly used by the United States and Spain for up to 15 days.

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