A crowd of Afghans gathers in front of the Kabul airport gate, wanting to leave the country occupied by the Taliban. Access has been blocked a few kilometers from the airport, with thousands of refugees camped in front of it, the BBC reported.
The atmosphere is very tense, with Afghan troops chasing journalists and sometimes firing – British station reports. He adds that among the thousands of people trying to get to the airport, there are mostly former Afghan collaborators with Western governments and companies. Not all of them are on the expulsion lists of Western countries and they do not have the documents that allow them to travel.
According to CNN, about 6.5 thousand people were waiting for vacancies at the airport on Tuesday morning. People. Since all access roads to the airport are controlled by the Taliban, Westerners and Afghan allies are provided as organized groups in agreement with the Taliban. He added that people allowed to enter the airport by Afghan security forces stationed there by the pro-Western government, which was overthrown by the Taliban.
“Takes more time”
Some countries, including the United Kingdom and Spain, have already announced that they will not be able to safely deport all Afghans deported by August 31, the date on which US troops are scheduled to leave Afghanistan.
The United States is under pressure from Western allies to expand its military presence at the airport beyond August 31. This was one of the points of discussion during the G7 leaders’ meeting on Afghanistan on Tuesday. The final decision will be made by US President Joe Biden, according to Reuters, by Tuesday. The Taliban announced that postponing the withdrawal of US troops would violate previous arrangements and could have repercussions on their side.
“The US president has not given any new dates beyond today, August 31,” Merkel said in Berlin.
He added that the possibility of using a civilian airport after this date was under intense discussion and that Germany was ready to work with Afghanistan’s neighbors such as Pakistan and Iran to help refugees.
6,000 American soldiers are guarded by the airport
Except for about 6 thousand. U.S. troops at the airport are unable to control the airport and continue evacuation by other Western troops stationed there. Currently, more than a thousand British troops are stationed in Kabul, including the airport and small military units, from Turkey, France, Germany and Poland.
In the last 10 days, 58.7 thousand people were evacuated from the airport in Kabul. People – Reuters quoted NATO sources as saying on Tuesday. The White House announced Tuesday that coalition forces have evacuated 21,600 people since Monday morning. People.
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