Kabul closes airport for 48 hours as thousands still waiting outside air terminal

Source : 112 Ukraine

Thousands of people are waiting to enter Hamid Karzai International airport and fly out of Kabul to save their lives
09:23, 23 August 2021

Due to the large number of citizens wanting to evacuate from Afghanistan, the airport in Kabul is closed for 48 hours. People in the hope of evacuation are sitting at the airfield in the open air, Khaama Press reports.

“US state department has announced that the airport will remain closed for 48 hours to evacuate those who have already entered the airport and then the operation will be resumed. The sky of Kabul is still dominated by flights that are flying over the Afghan capital day in and day out, a desperate scene down on the ground for millions at homes and thousands sitting at the doors of the airport," reads the message.

The US and other countries have guided their nationals not to come to the airport as it is almost impossible to push through thousands of people and enter the main gate. Washington has hinted that US troops might begin operations outside Kabul airport to rescue citizens.

Related: Ukrainian evacuation plane takes off from Afghanistan

As reported before, in total, the US military evacuated 17,000 people from Afghanistan, including 2,500 US citizens. 

 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.

Related: Foreign Minister discusses with Nuland evacuation of Ukrainians from Afghanistan, Zelensky's visit to US

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