Despite the chaos at Kabul airport, the German military plane that landed in Kabul for the first time since the Taliban took over evacuated only seven people, according to the government.
In addition to airlifting thousands of dual nationals from Germany and Afghanistan, as well as rights activists, lawyers, and others involved in foreign forces, Germany, which had the second largest military contingent in Afghanistan after the United States, has also expressed an interest.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Germany’s defence minister, said the A400M aircraft landed quickly on Monday evening with the primary purpose of organising an evacuation of German soldiers.
She told German broadcaster ARD that the situation at the airport is chaotic, dangerous, and complex. Our time was very limited, so we only hired people who were already on site.”
According to a spokesperson for the foreign ministry, only seven Germans made the flight since the plane had to leave quickly and the others could not enter the airport without German soldiers’ protection.
It was not possible to admit people from the civilian part of the airport, the spokesperson said.
Germany hopes to evacuate more people in the coming hours with 600 soldiers taking part in the evacuation.
On Tuesday, flights resumed after evacuations had been suspended the day before as people crowded the runway in an attempt to flee after Taliban insurgents seized power
Germany is awaiting U.S. permission to fly a second aircraft in from Tashkent, which it uses as a hub.
Kramp-Karrenbauer hoped the airport would remain open for several days so as many people as possible could be evacuated. We will support people from other countries as well,” she added. “They are not simply German citizens but also local staff.