53 evacuees from Afghanistan land in Spain

Spain's Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares said the plane brought 53 people, five of them Spanish diplomats. The remaining 48 are Afghans working for Spain in Afghanistan and their families.

Spain plans to airlift around 500 people including Spanish embassy staff and Afghans who worked with them and their families from Kabul, radio station Cadena SER said, citing sources close to the evacuation.

Albares said Spain's goal is to bring them all to Europe as soon as possible but warned on the challenges the mission is facing on the ground in Kabul.

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