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Individuals at Kabul airport gates urged by US Embassy in Afghanistan to ‘go away instantly’

The USA embassy in Afghanistan has issued an announcement warning Individuals trapped within the nation to not journey to the airport on account of safety threats.

“Due to safety threats outdoors the gates of Kabul airport, we’re advising U.S. residents to keep away from touring to the airport and to keep away from airport gates at the moment until you obtain particular person directions from a U.S. authorities consultant to take action,” the assertion from the embassy reads.

SECRETARY BLINKEN PUTS A NUMBER ON AMERICANS CURRENTLY STUCK IN AFGHANISTAN

“U.S. residents who’re on the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate now ought to go away instantly,” the embassy added.

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Individuals who had been on their approach to the airport or who had been ready on the gates had been warned within the message to “pay attention to their environment,” and to observe native media with the intention to “modify your plans based mostly on new data.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated Wednesday that he believes lower than 1,000 Americans are nonetheless in Afghanistan and making an attempt to go away.

Blinken stated that there have been 6,000 Individuals who needed to go away Afghanistan on August 14 and 4,500 of them have been evacuated inside the final 10 days. He added that 500 of the remaining quantity have been instructed on go away inside the final 24 hours. That leaves roughly 1,000 Individuals left within the nation, however Blinken stated the precise quantity is decrease for a wide range of causes, together with conditions the place Individuals need to keep or have already left and never notified the federal government. 

“From the listing of roughly 1,000, we consider that the variety of Individuals actively looking for help to go away Afghanistan is decrease, and certain considerably decrease,” Blinken defined.

EXCLUSIVE: SENIOR AFGHANISTAN OFFICIAL: AFGHAN GOVERNMENT, NOT TALIBAN, STILL LEGITIMATE AUTHORITY

White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki was caught flat-footed throughout a day by day press briefing Wednesday when she was requested a couple of group of California college students who’re trapped in Afghanistan.

Psaki was requested Wednesday if she knew about an LA Occasions report {that a} group of scholars and their dad and mom from California’s El Cajon Valley Faculty District are at the moment stranded in Afghanistan.

The reporter requested, “The L.A. Occasions has a narrative saying {that a} group of scholars and their dad and mom are in Afghanistan. Do you may have any extra data on that or is that?–“

“I don’t. Who’ve lately traveled into Afghanistan?” Psaki acknowledged in response, showing confused concerning the report cited.

Individuals, allies, Afghans who assisted coalition forces and others who’re susceptible to Taliban violence battle to flee Afghanistan because the central authorities collapsed to insurgents on Aug. 15. 

U.S. troops are confined to the airport in Kabul and have a Taliban-backed Aug. 31 deadline to get out. The Biden administration has vowed to get all U.S. residents in another country by the deadline, nevertheless it leaves to query what is going to come of the Particular Immigrant Visa holders which might be reportedly being blocked by the Taliban from accessing the airport.

The Biden administration has stated it doesn’t belief the Taliban, however has repeatedly referred to as on the Islamic militant group to permit folks to securely entry the airport and to chorus from violence.

Kelly Laco and Jessica Chasmar contributed to this report

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