Monday, August 8

US warns of shots fired at Kabul airport amid evacuation from Afghanistan


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The U.S. Embassy in Accept has assured this Sunday, through a security alert, that the security situation in the Afghan capital is changing rapidly, including the airport, where there were reports of shots while the North American troops help the evacuation of most of the personnel in the country.

Faced with the entry of the Taliban into Kabul on Sunday and the collapse of the Afghan government, Western countries are trying to speed up the departure of their diplomatic personnel and other civilians from the country through the city’s airport.

“There are reports that there is a fire at the airport; therefore, we direct US citizens to find a safe place, “said the US legation. Washington has assigned up to 5,000 military personnel to the mission of protecting its personnel during the evacuation from the country.

All commercial flights have been suspended from the airport in the Afghan capital, so that only military aircraft will be able to operate, Reuters reports, citing a NATO official.

The Foreign Minister of Germany it has announced that it will send a military aircraft to Kabul tonight to evacuate the Germans as well as Afghan support personnel. “The flights will go from Kabul to a neighboring country, and for the subsequent transfer to Germany we will provide civil aircraft,” Minister Heiko Maas assured reporters.

FranceFor its part, it will send two military transport planes to the United Arab Emirates during the next night and on Monday for the evacuation of French citizens, the Ministry of the Armed Forces said in a statement.

Afghan passengers are heading to the capital’s airport – Reuters

The Atlantic Alliance previously assured, before the entrance of the Taliban in the city, that it is maintaining its diplomatic presence in Kabul and helping to maintain the management of the airport. “NATO is helping to keep Kabul airport open to facilitate and coordinate evacuations,” the organization’s secretary general said on Twitter. Jens Stoltenberg.

He also noted that he had discussed the changing situation with the first British miniter, Boris Johnson, and the foreign ministers of Canada, Denmark and the Netherlands.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a major international air traffic hub, said it is working to facilitate the evacuation of foreign diplomatic personnel from Afghanistan through its airports. This includes countries like the US, the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Egypt, Australia, and the European Union.

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