British soldiers at the airport in Kabul
Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace told Sky News on Friday morning that the evacuation flights for British and Afghan civilians would end in “a few hours”. The army will take care of about a thousand people already at the airport grounds.
The attacks did not speed up the evacuations
The military was still monitoring those authorized to leave the crowd gathered in front of the airport. However, in principle, the process is now complete, Wallace said. The defense minister described the double attack at Kabul airport as “terrible”. The attack did not hasten the withdrawal of British troops. At least 85 people, including 13 U.S. soldiers, were killed in Thursday’s attack.
According to Wallace, Britain has expelled nearly 14,000 British and Afghan civilians from Kabul since mid-August. “The sad truth is, not everyone will come out,” the minister added.
Spain has also completed expulsions
Spain also announced its mission in Kabul. After two military planes landed in Dubai this morning, the government in Madrid announced that “Afghanistan has managed to evacuate local workers and their families.” In all, the Spanish Air Force brought nearly 1900 people to safety. Many Western countries, including Germany, have already completed their exits.
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