August 25, 2021 12:44
Korea has sent military planes to Afghanistan and neighboring countries to rescue Afghans who have helped Korean occupying forces or the government, the Foreign Ministry here said Tuesday.
Three military aircraft were deployed to bring out Afghans who helped Korea and their families now that the country has fallen to the Taliban. This is the first time Korea has sent military aircraft and troops to a conflict area to rescue foreigners.
The ministry said the Afghans had worked at the Korean Embassy or hospitals and job training centers run by Korean engineering and reconstruction forces for years.
Some 380 Afghans are arriving here on Thursday and will be housed in a shelter in Jincheon, North Chungcheong Province. The government will also grant special stay permits on humanitarian grounds to 434 Afghans who are already in Korea.
Minjoo Party leader Song Young-gil early this week said, "Some 400 Afghans could be brought to here, and they are engineers and others who worked for Korea's projects to build hospitals and schools there."
Germany, the U.K., the U.S. and other countries are also carrying out military operations to rescue Afghans who are at risk of retaliation from the Taliban because they cooperated with the occupying forces.
Meanwhile, the U.S. has scrapped a plan to use its military bases in Korea and Japan to house Afghan refugees, Reuters reported Tuesday. It said the U.S. "appeared to have figured out better sites and decided to remove both countries from the list because of logistics and geography among other reasons."
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