More than 40 women have been smuggled out of Afghanistan in a daring rescue operation.
Britain’s ‘Telegraph’ reports they included a singer, 19 members of a cycling team, three robotics team members and female rights activists.
Israeli humanitarian group Isra-AID played a key role.
It said rescuers faced a daunting challenge as they tried to pick up and hide the women without raising Taliban suspicions.
The women were granted entry to Tajikistan from where they were flown to the United Arab Emirates.
The operation was run by an aviation professional who previously smuggled Jews out of the Soviet Union.
It was the first joint rescue mission between Israel and the UAE, just one year after the two countries normalised diplomatic ties.
It’s believed most of the women will resettle in Canada.