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Afghan evacuees arrive in South Korea

Seoul, Aug 26 (EFE).- A group of 378 Afghans evacuated following the Taliban takeover of the country arrived in South Korea Thursday, where they are to receive temporary residency permits.

The evacuees arrived aboard a military plane routed via Islamabad, the South Korean foreign ministry said.

More than 400 Afghans requested to be evacuated by South Korea.

The evacuees included former embassy staff and their families but the majority worked in health centers and other government programs led by South Korea in the country.

Of the total evacuated to the Asian country, 180 are under 10.

The Afghans arriving in South Korea do not do so as refugees but under a special status that provides them a temporary residence permit that can later be extended.

The evacuees will be tested for Covid-19 and accommodated in a quarantine center in Jincheon, some 90 kilometers south of Seoul, authorities said.

They will also undergo identity verification.EFE


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