17,000 people evacuated from Afghanistan over past week,- Pentagon

Source : 112 Ukraine

Over the past 24 hours, 3,800 people have been evacuated from Kabul airport by US military and charter flights
14:59, 22 August 2021

In total, the US military evacuated 17,000 people from Afghanistan, including 2,500 US citizens. This was reported by Voice of America with reference to Pentagon officials.

According to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, at the moment there are no "hard numbers" as to how many Americans remain in Kabul and Afghanistan in general. He also noted that over the past 24 hours, 3,800 people have been evacuated from Kabul airport by US military and charter flights.

"We are fighting against time and space. In such a race we are now participating. And we are trying to do it as quickly and safely as possible," he said.

Related: Ukrainian plane evacuated another 83 people from Afghanistan

Kirby called the security situation in Afghanistan "fluid and dynamic", stressing that the US goal is "to evacuate as many people as possible as quickly as possible."

On August 15, the Taliban militants seized Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that he had left the country to avoid bloodshed as the Taliban entered the capital Kabul. Members of the diplomatic missions of the Western countries and their staff consisting of locals did not evacuate and they stay in the capital airport, where chaos is observed.

The mass media reported that up to 40 people died in the crowd and during the shooting. Later, it was reported that 12 people died in the chaos at the Kabul Airport according to the Taliban.

Besides, the UN secret document states that the Talibans activate the search of people, who, according to them, worked for the U.S. and NATO forces, including among the crowd at the Kabul Airport.

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