After a three-week pause, the United States resumed accepting refugees from Afghanistan: the first group of 300 people left Ramstein Air Base in Germany on Saturday. It flew to Philadelphia, the Stars and Stripes newspaper writes on Sunday.
Flights were suspended in September at the request of the U.S. medical authorities due to an outbreak of measles among Afghans.
“We are really happy to complete this titanic work. It took much longer than expected, but this is an amazing result,” the publication quotes Brigadier General Joshua Olson, the airbase commander, who coordinated the departure of the refugees.
According to a senior American military official, the leadership of the airbase expects that in the coming days, it will be possible to send about 1 thousand evacuated Afghans to the United States daily and 9 thousand a week.
There are currently over 50,000 Afghan refugees on American territory; tens of thousands remain in transit camps organized abroad.