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More Than 100 Afghan Evacuees Leave Kosovo For Britain


More Than 100 Afghans Evacuated To Britain From Kosovo
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WATCH: More Than 100 Afghans Evacuated To Britain From Kosovo

A group of 117 Afghans who had been recently evacuated to Kosovo have left for Britain.

The evacuees, described as civilians who have worked with NATO forces in Afghanistan and their families, departed Pristina International Airport on September 16.

"Today, after lots of hard work, together with NATO and the Government of Kosovo, we are saying goodbye to the first group of Afghans who formerly worked for NATO as they fly to the UK to start a new life after a stay in Kosovo," the British Embassy in Pristina said on its Facebook page.

The United States and its allies evacuated tens of thousands of at-risk Afghans after the Taliban toppled the Western-backed government in Kabul a month ago.

Thousands more people want to leave the war-torn country.

Around 2,000 former NATO contractors and their families were evacuated from Afghanistan, according to the U.K. Embassy, which said that the Balkan country has committed to relocate around 150 Afghans affiliated with the Western military alliance.

Britain has committed to relocate around 150 NATO-affiliated Afghans, it also said.

Kosovo has said it would temporarily house about 2,000 Afghans.

“We are extremely grateful for Kosovo’s generosity in hosting these vulnerable people and for stepping forward to support NATO in its time of need,” the embassy said.

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