May 23, 2022

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Thousands of Afghans are still waiting to be evacuated from Kabul – Prensa Latina

The TOLO news channel broadcasts many people on the station, including women and children, some of whom came from remote provinces.

Meanwhile, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries are seeking to extend the deadline for evacuation beyond August 31, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference following a meeting of foreign affairs ministers.

Stoltenberg described the situation outside the airport as “extremely dangerous and difficult”.

Al Jazeera reported that thousands of foreign nationals and people who may be under threat from armed fundamentalist groups are desperately trying to enter the airport.

Since the mujahideen occupied the Afghan capital, more than 18,000 people have fled the country by plane, according to the Transatlantic Alliance.

Although the deadline for the withdrawal of thousands of US troops securing Kabul airport is August 31, US President Joe Biden said this week that they could stay longer to facilitate the evacuation of Americans.

One of the main obstacles for those wishing to leave Afghanistan is the dangerous journey to the capital’s airport.

So far, Washington has failed to ensure the safe passage of US citizens or others, though it said it had obtained assurances from the Taliban that it would not get in people’s way.

But reports from the ground suggest otherwise, as thousands of Afghans carrying papers, children and some belongings continue to crowd the Kabul International Airport, where 12 people have been killed since last Sunday, according to NATO and Taliban reports.

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