around 357 Afghans, including 16 infants, had left from Afghanistan’s capital Kabul arrived in Istanbul, Turkey on Sunday.
They were first taken to Pakistan on a Turkish Air Force transport plane and then brought to Istanbul on a Turkish Airlines flight.
160 people that were evacuated from Afghan capital have reached Istanbul https://t.co/IIB1Tdfsnc— Middle East Monitor (@MiddleEastMnt) August 22, 2021
“There was complete chaos at the Kabul airport. We had a very difficult time getting out of there. I am just so glad to be in Turkey,” Ersin Karaduman, owner of a construction firm in Afghanistan, told reporters in Istanbul.
Humayun Hayri, an Afghan with Turkish citizenship, said he was intent on leaving Afghanistan after the Taliban took control of the country.
Cemil Beyoglu, another passenger, said he was elated to be in Turkey and expressed gratitude to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the evacuation.
Uluslararası toplumu, Afgan kadınları Taliban ile yalnız bırakmamaya çağırıyoruz— HDP İstanbul Kadın (@HDP_ist_kadin) August 16, 2021
We urge the international community not to leave Afghan women alone with the Taliban
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On Saturday, 160 people, including Turkish citizens and foreign nationals, airlifted from Kabul had arrived in Istanbul.
The unexpected power grab by the Taliban has triggered a rush to flee Afghanistan, including civilians who assisted foreign soldiers or groups and now fear retribution.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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