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France evacuates more than 300 people from Afghanistan

FILE PHOTO: Taliban soldiers stand in front of a sign at the international airport in Kabul
FILE PHOTO: Taliban soldiers stand in front of a sign at the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 9, 2021. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

December 3, 2021

PARIS (Reuters) – France has carried out an evacuation mission in Afghanistan, removing 258 Afghans as well as 11 French, about 60 Dutch nationals and an unspecified number of people related to them. country, a French Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Friday. .

The operation was organized with help from Qatar, a ministry statement said.

The evacuees include at-risk Afghans such as journalists as well as those with links to France, including civilian workers employed by the French military. Since September 10, 110 French and 396 Afghans have been evacuated from Afghanistan on 10 flights organized with the help of Qatar, the statement added.

A French foreign ministry spokesman said France and Qatar jointly carried out a humanitarian mission on Thursday, providing medical equipment, food and winter supplies to international organizations operating in the country. by a Qatari military plane.

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) this week described an “alarming” socioeconomic outlook for Afghanistan over the next 13 months. Afghanistan is grappling with a sharp drop in international development aid after the Taliban took power in August, and the UNDP has predicted that poverty could become near-universal by mid-2022.

(Reporting by Mimosa Spencer; Editing by Tassilo Hummel and Will Dunham)

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