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French Military Transport Plane Evacuates Europeans Amid Niger Coup Crisis

A French military transport plane evacuates Europeans amid Niger coup crisis and arrived in Paris on Wednesday, marking the first evacuation flight since the country's democratically elected president was ousted by mutinous soldiers nearly a week ago.

Daisy-Mae Schmitt
Aug 02, 202387 Shares29059 Views
A French military transport plane evacuates Europeans amid Niger coup crisisand arrived in Paris on Wednesday, marking the first evacuation flight since the country's democratically elected president was ousted by mutinous soldiers nearly a week ago.
The coup has caused concern among foreign nationals in Niger, prompting France, Italy, and Spain to announce evacuations for their citizens and other European nationals to prevent them from being trapped amid the political unrest and closed borders.

Multiple European Countries Arranging Evacuations

France, Italy, and Spain have initiated evacuation plans for their citizens and other Europeans in Niger.
French officials have reported that around 600 French nationals and 400 people of other nationalities, including Belgians and Danes, are seeking to leave the country.
The evacuations are taking place in coordination with the regime that orchestrated the coup, while still maintaining support for the ousted President Mohamed Bazoum.
The decision to offer evacuation flights was partly influenced by recent violence targeting the French Embassy in Niamey, Niger's capital.
European nationals residing in hotels and other accommodations in the city have been eager to leave amidst the political uncertainty.
The situation has led to hundreds of people lining up at the airport, waiting for French evacuation flights to ensure their safety.

Niger crisis deepens as European nations evacuate, coup secures support from other juntas

Western Nations Condemn The Coup

The coup in Niger has raised concerns among Western nations that were collaborating with the country to combat West African extremists.
The regional body known as ECOWAS has imposed travel and economic sanctions against Niger and has threatened the use of force if President Bazoum is not reinstated within a week.
However, there are hopes that bloodshed can be avoided through dialogue and good faith efforts.
Mali, Burkina Faso, and Guinea have expressed their support for the new junta in Niger, denouncing ECOWAS' sanctions and considering any military intervention against Niger as a declaration of war.
The crisis poses risks of escalating violence and could potentially embolden jihadi activities in the region.

Niger's Significance For West Africa

Niger's political stability is crucial for the region's security, and it has been a key partner for Western nations in combating extremism.
The coup's success could lead to implications on the country's democratic state and international aid.
The United States and France have been actively supporting Niger with troops and significant financial aid.
However, there is a possibility that aid could be cut if the coup prevails, depending on the outcome of the political situation and its adherence to democratic governance.

Final Words

The evolving political situation in Niger has triggered concerns among foreign nationals, prompting several European countries to conduct evacuation flights.
While the coup has received backing from other regional military governments, it has raised tensions and poses risks of violence.
The international community is closely monitoring the developments in Niger, with hopes for a peaceful resolution that upholds democratic principles and ensures stability in the region.
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