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More than 10,000 people await evacuation at Kabul airport

At any moment more people may arrive at the airport trying to leave Afghanistan, the U.S. said.

Since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, more than 82,000 people have already been evacuated from the country, but thousands of people are still waiting at the airport in Kabul. This is reported by the BBC on Wednesday, August 25.

According to U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor, deputy chief of staff for regional operation's security, the evacuation operation is focused on “getting as many people out as effectively and safely as possible.”

Specifically, 42 U.S. military aircraft — 37 C17s and five C130s — flew 11,200 U.S. troops and 7,800 people from 48 partner and allied countries out of Afghanistan the day before. The aircraft took off from Kabul airport every 39 minutes.

More than 10,000 people are now waiting at the airport for departure, Taylor specified, but more people could be arriving at the airport at any moment trying to leave the country.

“Until the very end, we will continue the necessary evacuations if necessary, but we expect that in the last few days (until August 31), given that we hope to maintain as much of our capacity at the airport as possible, we will prioritize the withdrawal of military and military resources in the last days,” Taylor said, adding that this does not mean that those who can count on evacuation will be denied, but warned that “some resources will be reserved for military evacuation.”

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