Two new Air Force A400 aircraft have evacuated 177 people from Kabul at dawn. These are Afghans who have cooperated with Spain and the United States, and are flying to Dubai this Sunday, according to sources from the Defense Ministry.
They are the fourth and fifth flight of the Spanish Armed Forces to rescue vulnerable Afghans since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan last Sunday. The evacuees are making an intermediate stop in Dubai before leaving for the Torrejón air base (Madrid), where they arrive to be later distributed to other countries.RELATED
As reported by La Moncloa, 110 Afghan collaborators with Spain are traveling on the plane. The rest would be cooperating with the US.
The Army has set up a camp in Torrejón with a capacity for 800 people, who remain an average of one to two days before being referred to other member countries of the European Union or to state reception centers, in the case of those who request. asylum in Spain.
So far, six planes have arrived in Torrejón, three from the Spanish Armed Forces and another three from the European External Action Service, which in total have transported around 370 people.
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, reported this Saturday that Afghans who had collaborated with the United States were traveling on the Spanish plane that landed at night in Torrejón, a formula that is repeated with the two new flights flying to Dubai.
Sánchez yesterday held a telephone conversation with US President Joe Biden, in which they analyzed the situation in Afghanistan and agreed that the Rota and Morón bases temporarily host Afghans who have collaborated with the United States.
Earlier, the chief executive visited the provisional camp in Torrejón together with the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the president of the Council, Charles Michel, who praised Spain for being the initial reception center for the European Union.