A week after the Taliban seized power, at least 28,000 people were evacuated from Afghanistan, but tens of thousands are still waiting.
Thousands of people have tried to flee Afghanistan, many of them crushed to death, as Afghans fear reprisal and return to strict rule under the Taliban, which recaptured the country last weekend after two decades.
Crowds at the airport have grown amid heat and dust over the past week, hampering operations as the United States and other countries attempt to evacuate thousands of their diplomats and civilians as well as many of the Afghans they have worked with.
Fathers, fathers, and children rushed toward the destroyed concrete walls as they sought to get out.
According to official data and local reports, at least 28,000 people have been evacuated so far.
The United States, which has deployed thousands of troops to secure the airport, has set a deadline for completing the evacuations by August 31. But there are as many as 15,000 Americans and 50,000 to 60,000 Afghan allies who need to be evacuated, according to the Biden administration. .
Army Maj. Gen. William Taylor, with the US Army’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a Pentagon briefing that 5,800 US troops remained at the airport and that the facility “remains secure.”
Abdul Qahar Balkhi of the Taliban’s Cultural Committee blamed the United States for the chaos at the airport, in an interview with Al Jazeera.
“It is very unfortunate that people are rushing to the airport the way they are at the moment,” Balkhi said.
We have announced a general amnesty for everyone, in the security forces, from senior to lower rank. This fear and this hysteria are unfounded.”
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Saturday He said 13 countries It has so far agreed to at least temporarily host vulnerable Afghans who have been evacuated from Afghanistan.
In a statement, Blinken said potential Afghan refugees who have not already been allowed to resettle in the United States will be accommodated in facilities in Albania, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Mexico, Poland, Qatar, Rwanda, Ukraine and Uganda.
Transit countries include Bahrain, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Qatar, Tajikistan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan.
The White House said President Joe Biden is expected to provide an update on Sunday on the evacuation of American citizens and refugees from Afghanistan.