The situation around Kabul airport has rapidly deteriorated in the last hours. The US Embassy asks its citizens not to come to the airport spontaneously, because it is currently very dangerous at the entrance gates.
And the US embassy spoke in an official statement on its website about “potential security threats” around the airport in the Afghan capital. It is not recommended to automatically go to the airport to catch an evacuation flight. The embassy specifically talks about the dangerous situation “at the entrance gates”.
The US Embassy asks its citizens to wait for personal instructions from the US government.
Chaos, tear gas and bullets in the air
German press agency DPA I talked about a big mess at the various entrance gates earlier in the day. In addition to Westerners, this also concerns Afghans, including young people, women, children, newborns and people using wheelchairs. Eyewitnesses reported shooting and the use of tear gas. The Taliban were also whipping people.
A Swiss evacuation flight had to be postponed on Saturday afternoon because the situation around the airport was so precarious that civilians who had to catch the flight were unable to make their way across the sea of people. “The situation has rapidly deteriorated in recent hours,” she added. Reuters. “There are skirmishes at the entrance gates.”
according to DPA And he announced through loudspeakers, Saturday, that the northern gate of the airport will remain closed for the next two days. Access to the site is controlled by the US military.