Afghanistan crises: UK says has evacuated over 7,000 people from country

Posted on August 24, 2021, 5:02 am
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LONDON: The UK government official said that it has evacuated over 7,000 people from Afghanistan, adding that the evacuation process will run as long as the security situation allows and that no firm date was set for the end of evacuation flights.

“7,109 individuals have been evacuated from Afghanistan under Operation PITTING, which commenced on Friday 13 August. More than 1,000 UK Armed Forces personnel deployed in Kabul”, Britain’s Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

According to media reports, this includes embassy staff, British nationals, those eligible under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy programme and a number of nationals from partner nations, the statement added.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and U.S. President Joe Biden agreed to work together to ensure all those eligible to leave Afghanistan were able to, including after the initial evacuation phase ended, Johnson’s office said.

The Taliban seized power earlier this month from a U.S.-backed government.

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