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Third plane with evacuees from Afghanistan lands in Poland

“Another group of people evacuated from Kabul have landed in Warsaw,” Mariusz Błaszczak, head of the Ministry of National Defense, announced on Friday.

The Embraer E195LR departed from the Navoi International Airport in Uzbekistan on Thursday evening. After more than two hours, the aeroplane landed in the capital of Georgia, and then took off towards Warsaw. Finally, on the night of Thursday to Friday, it landed at the city’s Chopin Airport.

The information about the evacuees was confirmed on Friday morning by the Minister of National Defense.

“Another group of people evacuated from Kabul landed in Warsaw. For several months, the Polish Army has been helping people who cooperated with the Polish Military Contingent and Polish diplomacy leave Afghanistan. Words of appreciation to the soldiers involved in these operations,” Mariusz Błaszczak wrote on social media.

This is the third transport with Poles, their co-workers and families evacuated from Kabul. The first plane from Uzbekistan landed in Poland on Wednesday evening, and the second one on Thursday morning. Evacuation is carried out by military planes from Kabul to Uzbekistan, and from there by civil planes of the Polish Airlines “LOT” to Poland.

Michał Dworczyk, the head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, said in an interview with the Polish public broadcaster TVP that there are already a total of over 130 people evacuated from Afghanistan in Poland, adding that “currently, nearly 100 people are waiting at the airport in Kabul for another transport and on Friday night these people should reach the country.”

Taliban entered Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, on Sunday, having taken advantage of the withdrawal of international armed forces led by the US to take control of the whole country. Meanwhile, the US-supported government has fallen, and the country’s president, Ashraf Ghani, has fled abroad.

All air traffic with Afghanistan goes through the Kabul airport – the last place in the country controlled not by the Taliban but by the US forces.

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