Published: Thursday, 12/17/2020 7:55 AM
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Rejected asylum seekers
Kabul (dpa) – After an interruption due to the corona pandemic, a deportation flight from Germany arrived in Afghanistan for the first time since March.
The plane with 30 rejected asylum seekers landed at the airport in the capital Kabul that morning, according to the Afghan refugee ministry.
Afghan officials at the airport announced that the plane landed around 7:35 a.m. local time. It was the 34th collective deportation since the first such flight in December 2016. According to the Afghan authorities, other European countries resumed deportation flights after the corona-related break, including Austria and Bulgaria.
The last collective deportation from Germany for the time being took place in March. Deportations to the crisis state are controversial. Despite the start of peace talks, the civil war with the militant Islamist Taliban continues. More than 100,000 civilians have been killed or injured in the past ten years.
In the current year, the conflict drove around 300,000 people to flee, according to the UN. The economy and the already weak health system in Afghanistan were severely affected by the corona pandemic.
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