About 16,000 people were evacuated Afghanistan In the last 24 hours, Kabul Airport, the Pentagon announced on Monday (23).
Deadline for withdrawal of Americans from the country as set by the President Joe Biden, Expires on August 31st, causing acceleration of operations.
The number of people evacuated from Afghanistan has risen to 42,000 since July, when the Air Force resumed operations on August 14, the day before the takeover of Kabul. Taliban, Said John Kirby, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Defense.
U.S. General Staff General Hunk Taylor said 61 military and civilian aircraft from various countries took off from the airport in the Afghan capital on Sunday and Monday morning. The general says 11,000 of the 16,000 evacuations were carried out by military aircraft.
This includes “a few thousand” American citizens, with the cooperation of thousands of Afghans USAKirby said Afghans who applied for or received immigration visas, as well as those who work for NGOs, media outlets and other jobs not approved by Islamists, fear retaliation from the Taliban.
A Defense Ministry spokesman declined to say how many were evacuated from the United States.
He said the goal was to withdraw all U.S. troops from Kabul by August 31, the date set by Biden for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, despite opposition from NATO allies. The month allows the evacuation of 5,800 U.S. troops deployed at the airport to ensure civilian transfer operations.
Kirby has not ruled out extending the deadline. For the United States, the goal is to “remove as many people as possible, as soon as possible,” he highlighted. “The goal is to try to do as much as possible by the end of the month.”
Human rights violations
The Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OCI) on Monday submitted to the United Nations a draft resolution calling for an investigation into human rights abuses in Afghanistan as efforts continue to withdraw US troops.
The text will be discussed at an extraordinary session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) on Tuesday (24) at the request of Pakistan, which co-ordinates OCI, Afghanistan and dozens of other countries, including France and the United States, on human rights and humanitarian issues.
“Our collective and personal goal must be to prevent the loss of innocent lives, to provide humanitarian assistance to those in need, and to accelerate the process of reconciliation and political control,” Pakistani Ambassador Khalil Hashmi announced at the session on Monday. Organizing the meeting.
The HRC organizes three regular sessions a year, but at the request of one-third of the member states, it may decide to hold an extraordinary session.
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