US Embassy alert advises US citizens not to travel to Kabul airport
WASHINGTON (NewsNation now) – The US Embassy in Kabul has advised US citizens not to travel to Hamid Karzai International Airport at this time, according to an embassy security alert.
Citizens already at Abbey Gate, East Gate and North Gate of the airport were asked to leave immediately, the security alert said.
“Due to security threats outside the gates of Kabul Airport, we advise U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to the airport and avoid the airport gates at this time, at unless you receive individual instructions from a representative of the U.S. government to do so,” said the declaration read in full.
Since The Taliban have taken over the Afghan capital on August 14, more than 82,000 people were 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 attempt to reach Kabul airport face a glove of danger, and there are many more who want to leave than they will be able to. Those who survive 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.