Third Czech Army aircraft leaves Kabul carrying Afghan interpreters

The third Czech Army aircraft sent to Afghanistan to evacuate local Czech and associated Afghan staff has left Kabul Airport, Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhánek announced on Wednesday afternoon. On board are Afghan interpreters with their children and holders of long-term residency in the Czech Republic, Mr Kulhánek said.

According to Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar, the plane is carrying 62 passengers, among them four Afghans whose transport had been requested by Slovakia.

Two earlier flights had brought a total of 133 people from Afghanistan to the Czech Republic.