Saturday, August 21, 2021

US forces in control of Kabul airport allow India to operate two flights daily for evacuation

New Delhi: India has been allowed to operate two flights per day to evacuate its citizens from Kabul in Afghanistan, government sources told India Today. US security forces have been in control of the Hamid Karzai international airport in Kabul since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan on August 15.

Government sources added that NATO forces in control of the Kabul airport are operating as many as 25 flights each day to evacuate their citizens, weaponry and equipment from Afghanistan.

There are still more than 300 Indian citizens in Afghanistan.

India has been evacuating its citizens along the Dushanbe, Tajikistan, and Qatar routes. An Air India flight from Kabul with around 90 passengers is expected to land in New Delhi sometime today or tomorrow.

Earlier this week, the Indian Air Force (IAF) operated a special flight to evacuate 120 Indian citizens, including the Ambassador to Afghanistan and embassy staff.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has been dealing with officials on the ground to negotiate the safe passage of Indian citizens to the Kabul airport complex.

In a security alert on Saturday, the US embassy in Kabul advised American citizens not to travel to the Hamid Karzai International airport.

21/08/21 Manjeet Negi/India Today

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