Thirty-three US army transport jets are anticipated to land in Kabul throughout the subsequent 24 hours the place as many as 20,000 individuals, together with Individuals and Afghans, are nonetheless ready to be evacuated.
In an try to assist ramp up the evacuation of Individuals, a supply informed CNN on Monday that solely US residents and inexperienced card holders, in addition to their fast households, would now be allowed by way of the airport gates.
Afghans making use of for the Particular Immigrant Visa won’t be granted entry, the supply claimed.
It wasn’t instantly clear if that coverage solely applies till a number of the 20,000 individuals at present ready within the airport are evacuated.
1000’s of Afghans with no documentation at present stay on airport grounds after gaining entry amid the chaos final week, the supply mentioned.
There are at present “no plans to kick individuals off the airport,” based on the supply — however it’s not but clear what’s going to ultimately occur to those that haven’t any documentation.
Every of the 33 planes set to reach in Kabul within the subsequent 24 hours can carry an estimated 400 passengers, which ought to make a “respectable dent” within the variety of these nonetheless stranded.
President Joe Biden mentioned Sunday the course of to get Individuals and tens of hundreds of others out of Afghanistan was accelerating however he continued to defend his choice to withdraw regardless of the botched evacuations.
“The evacuation of hundreds of individuals from Kabul goes to be laborious and painful, regardless of when it began, once we started,” Biden mentioned.
“It might have been true if we’d began a month in the past, or a month from now. There isn’t a solution to evacuate this many individuals with out ache and lack of heartbreaking photographs you see on tv.”
Over the 24 hours that ended early morning Monday, 28 US army flights evacuated roughly 10,400 individuals from Kabul, based on a White Home official.
“We see no cause why this tempo won’t be saved up,” Biden mentioned.
The US is aiming to fly 5,000 to 9,000 individuals out of Kabul every day.
Biden mentioned, with out going into element, that US troops had improved entry to the airport for Individuals and others searching for to evacuated.
He prompt that the perimeter across the airport had been prolonged.
“What I’m not going to do is discuss in regards to the tactical modifications we’re making to ensure we preserve as a lot safety as we are able to,” he mentioned.
“We now have continually, how can I say it, elevated rational entry to the airport, the place extra people can get there extra safely. It’s nonetheless a harmful operation however I don’t wish to go into the element of how we’re doing that.
“We’ve mentioned so much with the Taliban. They’ve been cooperative in extending a number of the perimeter.”