The plane that evacuated the citizens of Azerbaijan and Turkey from China landed in Ankara

A military cargo plane of the Turkish Armed Forces landed in Turkey’s capital Ankara on Saturday at 21:12 pm upon completing its evacuation operation from China’s Wuhan city, the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

The Turkish Armed Forces’ A400M type cargo plane departed from Wuhan on Saturday airlifting 42 people with 32 Turkish citizens, along with the citizens of Azerbaijan, Albania, and Georgia after health staff confirmed they did not carry any symptoms related to the fatal outbreak.

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A military cargo plane to evacuate the citizens of Turkey and Azerbaijan flew out from the Chinese Wuhan city, Turkey’s Ministry of National Defense stated.

The plane safely took on board citizens of Turkey and citizens of friendly countries under the supervision of employees of country’s Ministry of Health.

Evacuation is conducted as part of operation, planned by Turkish Ministry of Health. Evacuated citizens will be quarantined in Turkey for 14 days.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Jan. 31 that Turkey will evacuate Azerbaijani citizens from China to their country.

“The Minister of Health said that we have no threat so far. But there are citizens of Azerbaijan in China. They want to come back,” Erdogan said.

The president instructed relevant authorities to take necessary actions and bring the citizens of Azerbaijan to Turkey.

The 2019-nCoV coronavirus was detected in December 2019 in the Chinese Wuhan city. Infection has already been registered in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, the US, Canada, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, Nepal, France, Australia, Malaysia, Germany and Finland.

In China alone, the number of patients with pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus reached 11,100 people, 258 patients died.