The first group of Afghan citizens relocated from the military base in Ramstein, Germany, came to Poland. As announced in a statement by the Government Security Center, the evacuation operation went smoothly. Upon their arrival in Poland, they were accommodated in a hotel and compulsorily quarantined. “There are 113 refugees in the reception center. Most of those admitted are families – mostly women and minor children” – the RCB reported.
During the night from Friday to Saturday, planes with the first group of evacuated Afghans landed at the Poznań-Ławica airport. The relocated persons flew from the American military base in Ramstein, Germany, and ended up in one of the hotels in Poznań. According to the Government Security Center on Sunday, a specialist medical team and a group of interpreters were waiting for the evacuees to arrive. “After carrying out tests, tests against COVID-19 and completing the necessary formalities, the Afghans were transported to one of the hotels in Poznań, where they have food (breakfast, lunch and dinner), cleaning products, clothes and the presence of an interpreter. They were placed in rooms 1 – and for 2 people, in which they will spend compulsory quarantine “- it was written.
“There are 113 refugees in the reception center. Most of those admitted are families – mostly women and minor children” – the RCB reported. This group includes a woman and a child who underwent medical consultations in one of the hospitals in Poznań, where the examination ruled out any health problems. In addition, all tested negative for COVID-19.
According to the Government Center for Security, Afghan citizens will stay in Poland for up to three months, and during this time NATO will decide to relocate them further. “The appropriate level of epidemic safety was maintained at every stage of the operation,” the RCB, which coordinated the action, announced.
“We are constantly ready to act to increase security in the region and in the world. We never leave our allies and those in need without help. The organization of the evacuation of personnel cooperating with NATO proves that foreign partners can rely on us even in the most difficult situations” – we read in the message.
Evacuated Afghans in Poland
On Friday, the head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Michał Dworczyk, announced that as part of allied solidarity, Poland, as previously agreed, would accept 500 Afghans who cooperated with NATO in Afghanistan. 50 people from this group will stay in Poland, while the rest will go to destination countries within three months. Dworczyk informed that the first group of relocated persons will consist of 284 people.
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