“Because of security threats outside the gates of Kabul airport, we are advising U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to the airport and to avoid airport gates at this time unless you receive individual instructions from a U.S. government representative to do so,” die verklaring from the embassy reads.
“Amerikaanse. citizens who are at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate now should leave immediately,” the embassy added.
Americans who were on their way to the airport or who were waiting at the gates were warned in the message to “be aware of their surroundings,” and to monitor local media in order to “adjust your plans based on new information.”
Blinken said that there were 6,000 Americans who wanted to leave Afghanistan on August 14 en 4,500 of them have been evacuated within the last 10 dae. Hy het dit bygevoeg 500 of the remaining number have been instructed on how to leave within the last 24 ure. That leaves roughly 1,000 Americans left in the country, but Blinken said the actual number is lower for a variety of reasons, including situations where Americans want to stay or have already left and not notified the government.
“From the list of approximately 1,000, we believe that the number of Americans actively seeking assistance to leave Afghanistan is lower, and likely significantly lower,” Blinken explained.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was caught flat-footed during a daily press briefing Wednesday when she was asked about a group of California students who are trapped in Afghanistan.
Psaki was asked Wednesday if she knew about an LA Times report that a group of students and their parents from California’s El Cajon Valley School District are currently stranded in Afghanistan.
The reporter asked, “The L.A. Times has a story saying that a group of students and their parents are in Afghanistan. Do you have any more information on that or is that?–“
“I do not. Who have recently traveled into Afghanistan?” Psaki stated in response, appearing confused about the report cited.
Amerikaners, allies, Afghans who assisted coalition forces and others who are vulnerable to Taliban violence struggle to flee Afghanistan since the central government collapsed to insurgents on Aug. 15.
Amerikaanse. 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. citizens out of the country by the deadline, but it leaves to question what will come of the Special Immigrant Visa holders that are reportedly being blocked by the Taliban from accessing the airport.
The Biden administration has said it doesn’t trust the Taliban, but has repeatedly called on the Islamic militant group to allow people to safely access the airport and to refrain from violence.
Kelly Laco and Jessica Chasmar contributed to this report