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[In Brief] Last evacuation in Niger, provided by a Belgian plane

(B2) Belgium has completed an operation to repatriate the last Belgian and European nationals from Niger.

Several round trips

An A400M transport plane made several return flights between Niamey, the capital of Niger, and Libreville, the capital of Gabon, before leaving for Belgium. The plane " landed at Melsbroek military airport last night announced the Belgian Ministry of Defence. In all some " 130 Belgians, European nationals and dependents were thus able to be repatriated.

Courtesy of the junta

The Defense has succeeded in obtaining permission to carry out a number of flights to bring people back » specifies the Minister of Defense, Ludivine Dedonder. The plane also “ transported Belgian military equipment » she adds. Belgium has in fact a technical cooperation mission with the Niger army, for a long time training its special forces in particular.

In addition to the operation at the beginning of August

A discreet operation. A hundred Belgians and rights holders had already been able to leave Niger at the beginning of the month, on board French flights (read: [News] The evacuation operation of French and European nationals from Niger. Smoothly. Last report)


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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