US temporarily paused evacuations from Afghanistan as Qatar base overflows
US officials have paused the evacuation process from Afghanistan delayed for few hours due to the reception base in Qatar was overflowing and could not receive any more migrants.
Major General Hank Taylor stated that US flights out of the Kabul airport paused for seven hours as thousands of Afghans has already hovered to the US base in Qatar overwhelming its ability.
Thousands of Afghans ready to leave their country for the United States are waiting at the Kabul airport.
“It was early this morning, and it lasted about six to seven hours,” stated Taylor.
“And that has been cleaned up, flights have departed there, and it has allowed us to continue with those that are ready to fly in Kabul to leave.”
“The sites at Qatar were just at capacity,” claimed Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby.
“There was just no room to flow in additional people.”
The US State Department is criticized for being excessively bureaucratic and for not having sufficient staff to supervise thousands of Afghans looking for to come to the United States.
Refugee status from Qatar has been described as the migrants are sleeping on the floor in scorching heat in a US aircraft hangar for three days or more, with limited accommodation options.
US aircraft flew some 6,000 people, all but a few hundred Afghans, out of Kabul over that last day, until the blockage paused flights, stated Taylor.
US citizens and Afghans who have operated for the US forces in Afghanistan sustained to endeavor to get to the Kabul airport to leave the country.
“US troops had to go beyond the perimeter of the airport to help 169 Americans enter it, potentially risking a conflict with the Taliban” stated President Joe Biden.
“They were very close to the perimeter of the airport. Very close,” he said.
“And in a short amount of time, with a short amount of distance, some of our troops were able to go out there and retrieve them and bring them in,” he said.
The Taliban have generally been conjoining with US officials to allow those with US passports or visas to get to the airport, stated Taylor.
“There’s constant communication and it’s being received,” he said.
Furthermore, he said, “And we’re seeing that things that we are asking for, passage and that, is happening and getting better.”
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