American military evacuation flights from Afghanistan land at US airbase in Germany

The first few US military evacuation flights from Afghanistan have landed at Ramstein Air Base, a United States Air Force base in Germany, carrying approximately 350 passengers, Senior Master Sergeant Stacia Zachary told CNN Friday.

According to Zachary, the first plane landed at approximately 7 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET) – the first in a series of flights that have evacuated hundreds of people of different nationalities, including Afghan nationals.“We are making sure that everyone getting off the plane is getting the medical attention they need,” said Zachary, noting that medical personnel were on site to receive the first arrivals and provide health checkas well as stabilize any medical emergencies.

Zachary reiterated that Ramstein Air Base would be an intermediate stop with no long-term plan to accommodate arrivals. More flights are expected over the next few days.

Earlier on Friday: German Chancellor Angela Merkel told members of the press that evacuating those who have worked for Germany over the last 20 years remains a priority for the German government.

“Afghan citizens should have a safe, secure place to stay in Germany and we will do everything in our power to bring as many of these people as possible to Germany in the next few days,” she added.

According to the latest information from the German Defense Ministry, more than 1,700 “at-risk” people in Afghanistan have been evacuated on German military flights so far

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