First modification: 08/30/2021 – 16:25
The Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for a new rocket attack in Kabul on August 30. The anti-missile defenses of the United States intercepted several of the missiles that were fired at the Kabul airport, where the last evacuation work is taking place in an atmosphere of tension and uncertainty.
A new attack in Afghanistan heightens tension as evacuations of foreigners and refugees from Kabul airport culminate. As the United States sought to get its last diplomats out of the country early Monday, the western country’s anti-missile defenses intercepted a rocket attack heading for the airport.
Hours later, the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for the attack and reported that it had fired six rockets. The missiles hit a neighborhood near the airport but, a Taliban spokesman told EFE, no casualties have been reported.
After the attack, the White House reported that evacuation operations will continue “without interruption” on the penultimate day of the date established to end the withdrawal.
“People are terrified and worried about the future”
The latest bowel movements come amid growing nervousness. On Sunday, the United States confirmed that it had fired on a vehicle allegedly heading toward the airport with explosives. While on Thursday a suicide bombing by the Islamic State of Afghanistan killed dozens of Afghans and 13 US soldiers at the Kabul airport.
The evacuations have created a hostile environment in the capital, where citizens fear further attacks. “People are terrified and worried about the future, worried that the rocket launches will continue,” Farogh Danish, a Kabul resident, told Reuters.
Several countries such as France, Great Britain and Germany have already completed their evacuations. However, the United States has yet to complete its withdrawal. As confirmed by US President Joe Biden, the deadline remains August 31.
According to the White House, since 3:00 a.m. Sunday, the US has evacuated about 1,200 people from Kabul. While since August 14, 116,700 people have been withdrawn from Afghanistan.
From 3 AM ET on 8/29 to 3AM ET on 8/30, a total of approximately 1,200 people were evacuated from Kabul. 26 US military flights carried approximately 1,200 evacuees and 2 coalition flights carried 50 people.
– The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 30, 2021
Two US officials told Reuters that the “core” of their country’s diplomatic staff had been withdrawn Monday morning.
Also on Monday, UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi said that “the evacuation effort has undoubtedly saved tens of thousands of lives, and these efforts are commendable.” However, he expressed concern for the time being. in which the evacuations end.
The UN noted that the entire country is facing a serious humanitarian crisis exacerbated by droughts and the increase in Covid-19 cases.
With AP, Reuters and EFE