Qatar flight with greater than 230 evacuees leaves Kabul, official says

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DUBAI, Oct 3 (Reuters) – A fifth chartered flight carrying civilians from Afghanistan to Qatar since U.S. forces withdrew in August left Kabul on Sunday with 235 passengers, most of them Afghan residents, a senior Qatari authorities official mentioned.

Citizens from a number of different states had been additionally on the flight, the official mentioned, with out figuring out them. The passengers will probably be housed in a compound in Qatar that’s internet hosting evacuees from Afghanistan till departing to their last locations.

“The State of Qatar will continue this work with international partners on efforts that ensure freedom of movement in Afghanistan, while also remaining focused on providing humanitarian aid to the country,” the official mentioned.

Qatar has emerged has a key interlocutor between the West and the Taliban. The Gulf state is an in depth U.S. ally, internet hosting the biggest American navy base within the Middle East, and has hosted a Taliban political workplace since 2013.

Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; writing by Ghaida Ghantous; enhancing by Philippa Fletcher