First flight carrying food assistance after U.S. evacuation enters Kabul airport

2021-09-04 08:20:14Xinhua Editor : Li Yan ECNS App Download

A United Arab Emirates (UAE) plane loaded with food supplies landed in Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday, reported a local TV channel.

This was the first cargo flight into the airport since Tuesday when the U.S. forces finished pullout from Afghanistan and evacuated the airport, Tolo News TV reported.

"A huge United Arab Emirates plane carrying 60 tons of food landed in Kabul airport today," the report quoted Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid as saying.

Mujahid said that "the arrival of food assistance provided by the UAE was good news for Afghans. We are thankful to the brother nation of the UAE for the support to Afghans."

The report came as the airport has remained close for international and domestic flights since Taliban takeover on Aug. 15.

Taliban forces took control of the airport on Aug. 31 after the U.S.-led evacuation flights ended.

Technical teams and experts from Turkey, the UAE and Qatar had already arrived and were working to help the Afghan side to make the airport operational, and the international and domestic flights will resume soon, Mujahid said.

Earlier on Friday, an expected domestic flight was suspended with an unclear reason. 


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