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Failed Afghan asylum seekers deported from Germany land in Kabul

Failed Afghan asylum seekers deported from Germany land in Kabul

A group of 26 rejected asylum seekers arrived in Kabul after being deported from Germany, authorities said.

The chartered flight landed at 7 am (02:30 GMT), airport authorities in Kabul said early Wednesday morning.

It marked the 35th deportation flight from Germany to Afghanistan since December 2016, the DPA news agency reported.

A total of 963 rejected asylum seekers have been sent back to Afghanistan since then. The last deportation flight from Germany was in December.

Other European countries have also resumed deportation flights.

The deportations have been deeply controversial, with critics saying that the war-torn country is too dangerous to return asylum seekers. The almost daily attacks by the Taliban armed group are taking a toll on the country's civilian population.

Despite the start of peace talks in Qatar, the conflict between the Taliban and the Afghan government continues and the security situation is deteriorating. Afghanistan has been the scene of regular fighting and targeted killings across much of the country of late, and bomb and rocket attacks now occur almost daily in the capital Kabul.

In addition, the coronavirus pandemic has further worsened living conditions in the country. The United Nations warns that five million more Afghans will need help this year due to the pandemic and conflict.

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