After a break of several weeks, the USA is again flying refugees from Afghanistan from the base in Ramstein in the Palatinate to the United States.
Ramstein – After a break of several weeks, the US is again flying refugees from Afghanistan from the base in Ramstein in the Palatinate to the United States. Since the resumption of flights last Saturday, more than 2,500 evacuees have left on nine flights, the management of the world’s largest US air base outside America announced on Tuesday. “The final date on which all evacuees will have left the country has not yet been set.”
About 6,000 Afghans are currently waiting to leave, it said. Around 1600 should leave on Tuesday. “Since the operation began on August 20, 2021, more than 34,800 evacuees have been processed via Ramstein Air Base,” said a spokesman. “To date, more than 28,500 Afghan evacuees have left the air base for the United States or some other safe location.”
Ramstein and a base in the emirate of Qatar are the most important hubs for the onward journey of Afghans who were flown out by the US military after the Taliban came to power. The onward flights to the USA had been interrupted as few cases of measles had been detected. About 8,800 people in need of protection were then vaccinated and also received a corona vaccination. (dpa)