The German Foreign Ministry defended evacuating just 7 on the first Kabul evacuation flight after the Taliban took over Afghanistan.
“Because of the chaotic circumstances at the [Kabul] airport and regular exchanges of fire at the point of access, it was not ensured that further German nationals and other people to be evacuated would gain access to the airport at all without the protection of the Bundeswehr,” said the ministry.
The Foreign Ministry’s explanation came after local and international media outlets criticized their decision.
The German flight containing only 7 people was compared to the US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III plane that managed to evacuate at least 640 Afghans from Kabul.
Germany immediately deployed 600 soldiers during the next evacuations to get more people out in the next few days.
Germany later sent a second aircraft in from Tashkent, Uzbekistan to retrieve 125 more German citizens and Afghan helpers.
The German Air Force said they are planning to create an air bridge between Kabul and Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent so that all evacuated persons could be sent via chartered flights back to Germany faster.
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