US flights transport Afghans from Ramstein

Evacuation flights for several thousand Afghans from the US base in Ramstein in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate to the United States are to resume on Saturday.

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Ramstein (dpa) - Evacuation flights for several thousand Afghans from the US base in Ramstein in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate to the United States are to resume on Saturday. This was announced by the leadership of the world's largest US air base outside the USA more than one month after the end of the airlift from Kabul.

The air base and a base in the Emirate of Qatar are the main hubs for onward travel of Afghans flown out by the US military after the Taliban took power. The flights had been suspended at the request of the US health authorities because a few of the evacuees who had arrived in the USA had been diagnosed with measles. Some 8,800 Afghans in need of protection have therefore been vaccinated against the disease in Rhineland-Palatinate.

Work is currently underway to determine the schedule for transporting the remaining evacuees to the United States, according to a Ramstein statement. "Around 1,000 Afghans are expected to depart each day over the next few days." The final date on which the last evacuees will depart has reportedly not yet been set.

A spokesperson for the Federal Ministry of the Interior had said in Berlin on Monday that 9,139 people from Afghanistan are currently still being housed at the US base in Ramstein and at a US army facility in Kaiserslautern.

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