21 people from Dutch evacuation list on flight from Kabul to Doha

A group of 21 people on the Dutch evacuation list arrived in Doha tonight from the Afghan capital Kabul. That‘s what the State Department reports. It’s the fourth evacuation flight from Kabul since the airport closed.

After a negative corona test, evacuees are allowed to travel further to the Netherlands. The embassy in Doha helps them do that, says the ministry. The previous three flights had a total of 49 people from the Dutch evacuation list.

A senior Qatari Foreign Ministry official reports that this flight had more than 230 evacuees. They come from Afghanistan, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, the US and the UK, among others. It is the largest evacuation flight since American soldiers left Afghanistan at the end of August and Kabul airport was taken over by the Taliban.

Hundreds of Dutch and Afghans who are eligible for evacuation to the Netherlands were left behind. Exactly how many people are concerned is unknown.

Resign Kaag and Bijleveld

In the Netherlands there was heavy criticism of the approach to the evacuation operation by the responsible ministers Kaag van Foreign Affairs and Defence Bijleveld. On Thursday, a parliamentary majority supported a motion of censure against them, to which Kaag decided to file her resignation. Bijleveld also stepped up a day later.

In the last two weeks of August, tremendous chaos arose around the airport when Afghans and foreigners wanted to flee the country quickly after the Taliban unexpectedly quickly took the Afghan capital.