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16000 people evacuated in last 24 hours from Kabul airport: Pentagon US | Afghan crisis
Image Credit: US soldier comforting a child at Kabul airport/ credit: UNI

16000 people evacuated in last 24 hours from Kabul airport: Pentagon

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 24 Aug 2021, 12:05 am

Washington/IBNS: Around 16,000 people have been evacuated over the past 24 hours from Afghanistan through the Kabul airport, the Pentagon said Monday.

The US intends to complete its airlift by an August 31 deadline.

General Hank Taylor told reporters that 61 military, commercial and charter flights, involving a number of countries, flew out from Hamid Karzai International Airport in the past 24 hours to 3:00 am Monday carrying people wanting to escape the war-torn country after the Taliban takeover.

Of the total evacuated that day, 11,000 were taken out by the US military airlift operations, Taylor said.

Taylor said the number of people relocated from Afghanistan since July on US flights has been pushed up to 42,000, with 37,000 of those since the intense airlift operations started on August 14 as the Taliban moved to take Kabul.

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