So far, five planes with people evacuated from Afghanistan have arrived in Poland, the head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Michał Dworczyk, announced on Saturday. He added that there were over 260 people on board. He announced that on Sunday morning another plane with evacuees from Kabul would land in Warsaw.
Both Polish citizens and Polish associates in Afghanistan and their families were on board the Polish planes. All Poles who reported to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have already been evacuated. The operation, conducted by the Polish services, takes place on military planes from Kabul to Uzbekistan, from where the evacuated civil planes of PLL LOT are then transported to Poland.
Dworczyk: tomorrow morning another plane will land in Warsaw
– The list of people who supported Polish soldiers or Polish diplomats and would like to use the possibility of evacuation is quite long and is still growing. More people still come, they are of course verified and only then included on the list of people qualified for evacuation – Dworczyk explained during the Saturday press conference. As he informed, “the situation in Kabul is very dynamic, there is still a problem with entering the part of the airport that is under the control of allied forces, so today it is impossible to say exactly how many people there will be.”
As he said, employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Polish soldiers “are constantly working to ensure that people who have reported and who have been initially positively verified are moved to a safe part of the airport”
– Certainly, in the morning a plane will land in Warsaw in which there will be about 100 more evacuees – he announced. As he added, the machine is to start from Kabul today around 7 p.m., and the rotation will take place as before, through Uzbekistan.
Poland will evacuate 300 Afghans cooperating with NATO
On Friday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, after talking to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, announced that Poland would be responsible for evacuation of 300 citizens Afghanistan cooperating with NATO. He announced that they would first go to Poland and then to other NATO countries.
After the United States withdrew most of its troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban occupied much of the country’s territory. On Sunday, they entered the country’s capital Kabul and took control of the presidential palace. EU and NATO countries are evacuating their citizens from Afghanistan.
Main photo source: PAP / Paweł Supernak