U.S. Embassy alert advises U.S. citizens to avoid Kabul airport
WASHINGTON (Nation Now) – The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has advised U.S. citizens not to travel to Hamid Karzai International Airport at this time, according to an embassy security alert.
Citizens already present at Abbey Gate, East Gate and North Gate of the airport were urged to leave immediately, the security alert said.
“Due to security threats outside the gates of Kabul airport, we advise US citizens to avoid going to the airport and avoid the airport gates at this time, unless you receive individual instructions from a US government official to do so, ”he added. declaration read in full.
Since the Taliban captured the Afghan capital on August 14, more than 82,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan in one of the largest US airlifts in history. While the pace has picked up in recent days, it’s still a chaotic stampede as people seek to escape.
Afghans trying to reach Kabul airport face a daunting challenge, and there are many more people who want to leave than they will be able to. Those who do will face the many challenges of resettlement, whether in the United States or elsewhere.
And time is running out. President Joe Biden has set a deadline of August 31 to complete the US-led evacuation.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.