Washington, August 21 (EFE). – The US Department of Defense indicated today that 3,800 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan “in the past 24 hours”, which puts the total number since last week at 17,000, at the same time acknowledging that the situation outside Kabul airport remains “very dynamic”.
At a news conference, the deputy director of logistics for the US General Staff, General Hank Taylor, gave an update on the evacuation efforts and identified that of the 17,000, about 2,500 are US citizens.
Taylor also noted that the airport continues to operate with arrivals and departures, although he cautioned that the situation in the Afghan capital is “very dynamic.”
In a letter sent on Saturday, the US embassy in Kabul advised its citizens to “avoid traveling to the airport or airport gates unless they receive direct information from a US official to do so.”
The embassy justified the warning of “potential security threats” at the airport gates.
US forces, coordinating the exit process, were forced to halt flights for a few hours on Friday because there was no longer room in transit centers to receive evacuees in Qatar.
In the past hours, Washington reported that several countries agreed to host US military flights with evacuees from Afghanistan to stop in its territory, including Denmark, Germany, Qatar, Italy and the United Kingdom, among other countries.
The United States began withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan in May but was forced to speed up the evacuation of the remaining Americans in Afghanistan and their Afghan allies in the wake of the rapid advance of the Taliban, who seized Kabul and took over last Sunday. the whole country. EFE
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