RAF transports 102 people who fled Afghanistan to UK | Afghanistan

The RAF airlifted more than 100 people who had left Afghanistan and were in a third country neighboring the UK.

The Ministry of Defense said the two flights landed safely in the UK carrying 102 people who would receive help to start their lives in Britain.

Repatriation flights and individual relocations have been underway since late August, but this is the first military relocation of eligible Afghans and British nationals since the evacuation from Kabul ended.

Among those flown in were vulnerable Afghans who fall under the UK government’s relocation and assistance policy, a program for former local employees and UK nationals.

More flights are expected to arrive in the UK in the coming weeks.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the flights “mark the beginning of what will be a lasting effort to relocate and support those who need our help.”

“In August, we worked tirelessly to airlift over 15,000 Afghans and vulnerable British nationals from Kabul to the UK. As I made clear at the time, our commitment to the Afghan people did not end there.

“We are determined to do good to those who have supported our armed forces for so many years and to those who are in danger.”

The Defense Ministry said the UK was working with international partners to ensure that as many routes as possible were available to eligible people and that the flights signified the start of the “next chapter in this effort”.

The ministry said the Home Office would treat and support newly arrived Afghans, who would be granted indefinite leave to stay in the UK with funds allocated for education and health care.

The Foreign Office has also helped nearly 100 British nationals leave Afghanistan on Qatari flights since the UK’s last evacuation of Kabul in August.

The news comes as Human Rights Watch said Taliban officials forced thousands of people to leave their homes and lands, breaking international law under which collective punishment is illegal.

Many of those targeted were members of the Hazara Shiite community and others had ties to the former Afghan government. HRW said property and land seized in this way was often redistributed to Taliban supporters.

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