China evacuates more than 200 people from Afghanistan

China evacuates more than 200 people from Afghanistan

China has evacuated more than 200 of its citizens from Afghanistan, amid uncertainty surrounding a hasty withdrawal by US and allied forces to end a 20-year war.

UMMATIMES - A Xiamen Airlines flight brought home 210 Chinese nationals from Kabul, the China Global Times daily wrote on Thursday.

Of these passengers, around 52 passengers, who landed at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in central Hubei province, tested positive for the coronavirus. Local health authorities said 22 of the positive cases were symptomatic.

"Flights were arranged to a designated area within the airport and thorough disinfection was carried out," said an airport staffer.

Authorities also disinfected the plane twice in Wuhan and Xiamen, the capital of Fujian province, to avoid spreading the infection.

The exit of foreign troops from Afghanistan comes after the US signed a deal with the Taliban last year in February. Under the deal, foreign forces must vacate the country by May 1, release Taliban prisoners, and remove the names of Taliban leaders from the blacklist.

The May 1 deadline was later unilaterally extended by the US government to September 11. Currently about 90 percent of US troops have left the country.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Since US President Joe Biden announced plans to leave Afghanistan in May, Taliban ranks have seized more than 100 districts. Afghan government forces claim to kill nearly 200 insurgents in daily counter-terrorism attacks.