Saturday, August 21, 2021

Afghanistan crisis: IAF flight carrying 107 Indians from Kabul lands at Hindon air force base

New Delhi: An Indian Air Force (IAF) C-17 aircraft carrying 168 passengers, including 107 Indians, that took off from Afghanistan's capital Kabul earlier on Sunday morning has landed at the Hindon Air Force base in Ghaziabad. 

107 Indians out of 168 passengers on a special repatriation flight from Kabul on Indian Air Force's C-17 aircraft have landed at the Hindon IAF base in Ghaziabad, reported news agency ANI.

Meanwhile, two other flights carrying around 350 people evacuated from Kabul, on Saturday - Air India and IndiGo - landed in Delhi from Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe and Qatar's Doha on Sunday morning.

All the passengers will first undergo the mandatory COVID-19 RT-PCR test before being allowed to leave the airport, the officials said.

According to the MEA estimates, around 400 Indians are stranded in Afghanistan. India has been allowed to operate two flights per day from Kabul to evacuate its nationals stranded in Afghanistan, government sources said.

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. 

In a lightning sweep across the war-ravaged country, the Taliban took over the presidential palace in Afghanistan on Sunday, 15 August, ousting the US-backed Ashraf Ghani government.

21/08/21 ZeeNews

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