Western governments again warn about safety around airports
The United States and several Western allies issued another security warning around the Kabul airport on the night from Wednesday to Thursday. The American embassy in the Afghan capital published a message about this on the website, with the emphatic advice to nationals not to come to Hamid Karzai International Airport. There is in any case a ‘Category 4’ travel advice: traveling in or to Afghanistan is completely discouraged.
According to the United Kingdom, people already waiting close to the gates should still leave the airport and find a “safe place”. The US and UK gave no background to the warning; a message from Australia to citizens and visa holders referred to a “very high probability of a terrorist attack.”
On Wednesday, Belgium already announced that it would stop the evacuations from Kabul due to the security conditions.
Three buses for evacuation Dutch people arrived at the airport after a long wait
Three buses that had been deployed to take people on the Dutch evacuation list from the city to Kabul airport, arrived there in the night after waiting about 24 hours. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms reports about this from various media. A spokesperson cannot say how many people were on the buses. According to the NOS a total of 120 people are in the vehicles; they would all have a Dutch passport.
news hour reported on Wednesday evening that Taliban fighters standing guard at Kabul airport were boarding the buses. According to a source of the NOS, which would be in contact with occupants, seven passengers were violently removed from the buses by those fighters. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs ANP news agency that the people who have arrived at the airport will be evacuated as soon as possible by flight.
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Welcome to a new blog about the crisis in Afghanistan, in which the editors of NRC keep up with the news of the aftermath of the Taliban takeover. This blog also keeps track of the latest developments on evacuations of foreigners and Afghan personnel from international missions, from Kabul airport.
In the meantime, the Netherlands has brought a total of 1,857 people from Kabul to Schiphol. From this group, “just under 1,200 people” will remain in the Netherlands, but not everyone will be able to be evacuated. The United States will leave the country on August 31, but they will continue to do their best to get people out of the country after that. The Belgians already stopped evacuation flights on Wednesday evening.
The police intervened late on Tuesday evening at a protest at the Harskamp army camp in Ede. Some 250 people had come to the shelter to protest the arrival of Afghan refugees, taking crates of beer with them. The municipality only allows demonstrations that “run smoothly”.
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