With dozens of evacuees aboard, a military cargo plane of the Turkish Armed Forces landed in Turkey’s capital Ankara on Saturday upon completing its evacuation operation from China’s Wuhan city, the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Having made its appearance in late December 2019, the novel coronavirus has so far claimed 259 lives while whereas there are 12,000 confirmed cases as well as thousands of others held under quarantine.

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

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