IAF’s C-17 Flight With 168 People From Kabul Lands At Hindon Airbase Near Delhi

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IAF's C-17

Indian Air Force’s special repatriation flight carrying 168 people, including 107 Indian nationals today landed at IAF’s Hindon airbase near Ghaziabad which took off from Afghanistan’s Kabul earlier on Sunday morning.

The group of 168 people, who were evacuated from Kabul, included Afghan lawmakers Anarkali Honaryar and Narender Singh Khalsa and their families, people familiar with the evacuation mission said.

Earlier, on Sunday morning, 135 Indian evacuees from Kabul were repatriated to India via Doha.

India has been allowed to operate two flights per day from Kabul to evacuate its nationals stranded in Afghanistan, government sources told ANI.

The permission was granted by American and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces which have been controlling operations of the Hamid Karzai International Airport after the Afghan capital fell to the Taliban on August 15.

People in Afghanistan have been rushing to leave the country after the Taliban seized control last week. On August 15, the country’s government fell soon after President Ashraf Ghani left the country.

Countries have been urgently evacuating their citizens from the war-torn nation. The Kabul airport is witnessing nowadays a heavy chaos due to instability in the region.

The MEA has said the government is committed to the safe return of all Indian nationals from Afghanistan. The MEA said that the main challenge for travel to and from Afghanistan is the operational status of the Kabul airport.

(With Agencies Inputs)

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