‘US residents ought to keep away from touring to the airport and keep away from all airport gates right now’
The U.S. State Division is urging U.S. residents and others to depart the world of Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport instantly, citing a particular, credible risk.
“On account of a particular, credible risk, U.S. residents close to Kabul airport, together with South gate, new Ministry of the Inside, and gate close to Panjshir Petrol station, ought to go away the world instantly,” the division posted in a safety alert at 5:38 a.m. Kabul native time. “Keep away from touring to the airport right now.”
#Afghanistan: On account of safety threats on the airport, we proceed to advise U.S. residents to keep away from touring to the airport and to keep away from airport gates. These at Abbey gate, East gate, North gate or New Ministry of Inside gate ought to go away instantly. https://t.co/RwXJAlj4Fr pic.twitter.com/cJtOGk5AR2
— Journey – State Dept (@TravelGov) August 28, 2021
“U.S. residents ought to keep away from touring to the airport and keep away from all airport gates right now,” the division added in a safety alert on its web site.
The alert comes hours after President Joe Biden was warned by commanders that one other terrorist assault was “extremely seemingly” within the subsequent 24 to 36 hours.
The State Division’s Stage 4 “Do Not Journey” warning for Afghanistan stays in place.
“People searching for info on evacuation ought to check with the alerts on the Embassy web site for directions,” the web site says.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters on Saturday that greater than 117,000 folks had been evacuated from Kabul within the final 24 hours, “the overwhelming majority of that are Afghans.” Roughly 5,400 have been Americans, he mentioned.
Kirby pushed again on stories claiming that the Taliban have been in command of the airport gates and that the U.S. was shutting down all evacuation operations. “These aren’t true,” he mentioned.
He clarified that the Taliban had arrange their very own checkpoints across the airport in a “unfastened perimeter,” however have been “not on the airport, doing safety roles or something like that.”
On Saturday, the Taliban sealed off the airport to most Afghans hoping for evacuation. They put in new layers of checkpoints on roads resulting in the airport, some manned by uniformed Taliban fighters with Humvees and night-vision goggles captured from Afghan safety forces.
“We’re nonetheless accountable for the airport. And we’re nonetheless accountable for safety on the airport,” Kirby mentioned. “We’re not shutting down evacuation operations. We’re going to proceed going to the top.”
Whereas most U.S. allies have now completed their evacuation flights, the U.S. plans to maintain its round the clock flights going till the Aug. 31 deadline.
The Related Press contributed to this report.
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