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Evacuation of European citizens from Japan begins

The Airbus A-330 from the 15th Air Transport Wing was recently mobilized in Tunisia to repatriate refugees from Libya. Arriving in Djerba on March 8, the Belgian plane flew to Egypt, Ghana and Mali, carrying 1600 people in all (Credit: Belgian army)

Belgium is preparing the repatriation of its nationals. At least of those who want it from Japan. " Given the worrying situation at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Foreign Affairs is advising our compatriots to leave Japan if their presence there is not essential. » has just indicated the Belgian ministry which has mobilized military resources. An Airbus A330 which is currently in Washington has thus received the order to go to Seoul in Korea, ready to reach Japan. Why Seoul? “The Japanese no longer want to give indicative schedules for their airports over too long a period of time” explains a Belgian Defense official. "HAS Seoul we are about two hours away so can react very quickly.” The Airbus could also, on its way out, carry rescue teams or equipment, from the Korean Red Cross or Europeans.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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