Spain ends Afghan evacuation with all diplomatic staff safe in Dubai

Spain ends Afghan evacuation with all diplomatic staff safe in Dubai
Spain's evacuations out of Afghanistan have ended and two planes carrying its last evacuees- with Spaniards, Portuguese soldiers and Afghans on board- will arrive in Madrid on Friday.
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Spain evacuated over 1,800 Afghans who worked with western allies after the Taliban's takeover [source: Getty]

Spain has concluded its evacuation of personnel from Afghanistan and the last evacuees are expected to land at the Torrejon military airbase near Madrid later on Friday, the government said.

Two military planes carrying the last 81 Spaniards out of Kabul arrived in Dubai early on Friday morning, the government said in a statement.

The planes were also carrying four Portuguese soldiers and 83 Afghans who had worked with NATO countries.

"These two flights conclude the evacuation of Spanish personnel and Afghan allies and their families," the statement read.

Over the course of its rescue mission, Spain evacuated 1,898 Afghans who had worked with western countries the United Nations or the European Union.

Britain said Friday that it plans to complete its evacuations out of Afghanistan "in a matter of hours".

"We will process those people that we have brought with us, the 1,000 people approximately inside the airfield now," UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told Sky News.

"And we will seek a way to continue to find a few people in the crowd, where we can, but overall the main processing has now closed and we have a matter of hours."