Afghanistan crisis: 19,000 people evacuated from Kabul in last 24 hours, says US

Afghanistan crisis: 19,000 people evacuated from Kabul in last 24 hours, says US

Providing a break-up, the White House said 42 US military flights evacuated 11,200 people while 7800 people flew out on 48 coalition flights.

Afghans have been crowding the Kabul airport in a desperate dash to flee the country after the Taliban took over (AP Photo)
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Afghanistan crisis: 19,000 people evacuated from Kabul in last 24 hours, says US

Providing a break-up, the White House said 42 US military flights evacuated 11,200 people while 7800 people flew out on 48 coalition flights.
By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 25, 2021 11:06 PM IST

In its latest update on the ongoing evacuation efforts in Afghanistan, the United States said on Wednesday approximately 19,000 people boarded 90 evacuation flights out of Kabul in the latest 24-hour period. These flights, the US government said, included those operated by the US military and the ones operated in coalition with its allies.

“From 3am Eastern Time on August 24 to 3am Eastern Time on August 25, 42 US military flights carried approximately 11,200 evacuees and 48 coalition flights carried 7800 people,” the White House shared on its official Twitter handle. On the United States’ own evacuation efforts till now, it said, “Since August 14, the US has evacuated and facilitated the evacuation of approximately 82,300 people on US military and coalition flights. Since the end of July, we have re-located approximately 87,900 people on US military and coalition flights.”

The update came as the August 31 deadline to complete the evacuation process drew closer, with president Joe Biden resisting requests from G7 allies to extend the evacuations beyond the said date.

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Earlier, the Taliban, which, by capturing Kabul on August 15, seized power in Afghanistan for a second time, had also warned the US against extending the deadline. It is the return to power of the Taliban which has led to the current crisis in Afghanistan. The Kabul Airport, in particular, has witnessed dramatic scenes as Afghans, desperate to leave their country, have thronged it, hoping for a way out.

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