Two aircraft depart from Zaragoza to evacuate the Spaniards trapped in Afghanistan

Exteriors confirmed this Monday that the staff of the Embassy of Spain in Afghanistan (one dozen) and former collaborators of the country are at the Kabul airpo

Two aircraft depart from Zaragoza to evacuate the Spaniards trapped in Afghanistan

Exteriors confirmed this Monday that the staff of the Embassy of Spain in Afghanistan (one dozen) and former collaborators of the country are at the Kabul airport waiting to be rescued. In total, "several hundred people", according to diplomatic sources, have been included in the list of the evacuation operation, which is already underway. This Monday took off from Zaragoza the first military transport plane to Dubai and the game of the second, an A400m, was scheduled for this morning, inform Defense and Exteriors in a joint statement.

Also France or the Netherlands rushed to move their staff from the Embassies to the airport and Denmark, Italy or Sweden work to accelerate repatriation. United Kingdom will deploy up to 600 soldiers to ensure that operation is met and France has increased its presence in United Arab Emirates to coordinate repatriations. Germany also tries to ensure the transfer of its nationals. "We're not going to risk our people falling into the hands of the Taliban," said Germany Minister German Heiko Mass al Diario Bild, in reference to the almost two thousand people who have worked for Germany in Afghanistan.

The EU Foreign Ministers will meet this Tuesday and will decide what to do with the local staff that worked for embassies and the EU itself and facing possible reprisals. The faculty of emitting humanitarian visas has the Member States, and Germany, Spain or France have already begun the process.

France, in addition to a program to take 600 collaborators, asks to "do everything possible to continue protecting members of Afghan civil society, rights defenders, artists and journalists who run a special danger due to their activities."

The other debate in the EU affects a possible wave of refugees. Afghans represent 10.6% of the asylum demands, but a remarkable percentage ended up being rejected. In fact, half a dozen countries formed a week ago that the forced expulsions of Afghans whose request had been denied, despite the deterioration of the situation in their country.

Although many experts reject that the European collapse be repeated in 2015 by the war in Syria, the ghosts of that management are resurrected in speeches. The Substitute of Merkel on the CDU, Armin Laschet, has already warned: "We can not allow 2015 to repeat itself." Then, Merkel bet on open doors that would be very conflictive in the electoral period that Germany faces.

Updated Date: 16 August 2021, 15:24

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