Greater than 122,000 individuals have now been evacuated from war-torn Afghanistan by the US and its allies — greater than the inhabitants of Caribbean trip vacation spot Aruba.
With lower than 24 hours till the deadline to withdraw from the Taliban-controlled nation hits, a stream of US army jets continued to take off and land at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport on Monday.
Different allied international locations have already ended their evacuations amid the lethal chaos final week that noticed 13 US service members and dozens of Afghans killed by an ISIS suicide bomber.
In whole, the US and its allies have evacuated 122,300 individuals from Afghanistan since July, in response to the White Home.
Flights ramped up when the Taliban seized management on Aug. 14 with 116,700 evacuated since then.
Within the 24 hours into Sunday morning, about 1,200 had been taken out of Kabul on US army flights — far lower than the 12,700 evacuated in a single day final week.
Roughly 5,400 US residents have been evacuated within the final two weeks.
The US has refused to say what number of Afghans will likely be taken in by the USA earlier than the acknowledged deadline, which can come into impact at 3:29 pm Jap Time on Tuesday, Aug. 31.
However the Protection Division mentioned final week it was constructing amenities on seven army bases to deal with as much as 50,000 evacuees.
As of late final week, there have been already 21,000 Afghans at Virginia’s Fort Lee, Fort Bliss in Texas, Wisconsin’s Fort McCoy and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey.
Extra bases are being arrange in Virginia’s Marine Corps Base Quantico and Fort Pickett and Holloman Air Pressure Base in New Mexico to accommodate additional evacuees.
US officers count on to achieve the 50,000 capability by Sep. 15.
Previous to being clear to fly into the USA, Afghan evacuees are being processed by US Customs and Border brokers at airbases in Qatar and Bahrain.
As soon as cleared, they’re flown to the US airbases to bear medical screenings and extra checks.
Up to now, officers say 34 Afghan kids have arrived within the US with none relations, in response to CBS. They’re presently within the care of the Division of Well being and Human Providers’ Workplace of Refugee Resettlement.
Breakdowns from different international locations present France has taken in additional than 2,600 Afghans, Italy evacuated 4,800 and Germany helped 4,100 Afghans flee in current weeks.