Thursday, December 7

A plane with almost 300 Afghan refugees arrives in Madrid, one year after evacuating Kabul

A plane from Pakistan with almost three hundred Afghan refugees who could not leave the country since the takeover of Kabul by the Taliban a year ago arrived this Wednesday at around 10:20 p.m. at the Torrejón de Ardoz air base in Madrid .

It is an evacuation operation that has been carried out thanks to a plane chartered by the Spanish Government that has left Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, to arrive in Torrejón this afternoon, according to official sources. The flight has been received at the air base by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares.

Just a year ago, the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs led the evacuation mission from Afghanistan which, from the Kabul airport, managed to get more than 2,000 Afghans out of the country, people who had collaborated with the Spanish authorities in recent years and your families.

The operation was officially concluded on August 27 after 17 rotations of the A400M of the Air Force (Dubai-Kabul-Dubai), ten flights of Air Europa (Dubai-Torrejón) and a first flight of and a first flight of A400M (Dubai Torrejon).

Just one day before, a double attack had taken place near the Kabul airport, leaving at least 60 Afghan civilians and 13 US soldiers dead. Once that mission was finished, the Spanish authorities continued with the efforts to achieve the transfer of more people who managed to leave Afghanistan by land and could be picked up in Pakistan.