The lethal gun battle was reported as US President Joe Biden promised to step up evacuations from Afghanistan.
An Afghan safety guard has been killed in a firefight between unknown gunmen and Afghan forces on the north gate of Kabul airport, the German army stated, as 1000’s thronged the airport, in search of to flee Taliban rule.
Three extra folks had been injured within the gun battle on Monday morning that has additionally concerned German and United States forces, the German army stated on Twitter.
The airport has been the scene of chaos for the reason that Taliban seized the Afghan capital on August 15 as US and worldwide forces attempt to evacuate residents and susceptible Afghans. A NATO official has stated that no less than 20 folks have died in and across the airport up to now week.
US President Joe Biden has said that the “hard and painful” airlift of Americans and tens of 1000’s of others from Afghanistan’s capital is accelerating, however he wouldn’t rule out extending it past the August 31 deadline he set earlier than the Taliban’s swift takeover.
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UK’s Johnson to push Biden for Afghan deadline extension
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will ask US President Joe Biden to increase the evacuation deadline from Afghanistan when Group of Seven leaders focus on the disaster on Tuesday, two UK ministers stated.
James Heappey, minister for the armed forces, and James Cleverly, a international workplace minister, stated Britain was pushing for the deadline to be pushed past August 31 to extend the variety of folks it may well assist who need to flee the Taliban.
Heappey instructed Sky News about 4,000 individuals who had been eligible to come back to the United Kingdom had been nonetheless in Afghanistan and the federal government needed to evacuate 1000’s extra if it might.
Kabul evacuation brings 193 folks to Belgium
A constitution flight arrived at a Belgian air base outdoors Brussels, carrying 193 folks escaping the chaos in Kabul.
The Air Belgium jet introduced the escapees – together with Belgians and Afghans who labored for worldwide missions – from an Islamabad base performing as a staging put up for Belgium’s army airlift from the Afghan capital.
Monday’s constitution was the primary evacuation again to Belgian soil. The arrivals had been to be transferred from the Melsbroek base, home of Belgium’s 15th Air Transport Wing, to a army base in Peutie for well being checks and safety screening.
Firefight at Kabul Airport involving Afghan, US, German forces
A firefight broke out between Afghan safety forces and unknown assailants on the north gate of Kabul airport, the German army says on Twitter.
One Afghan safety pressure member was killed and three others had been injured within the battle, which additionally concerned US and German forces, the military stated.
All German troopers remained unhurt, it stated.
Foreign forces haven’t sought to postpone exit: Taliban official
Foreign forces in Afghanistan haven’t sought to increase the August 31 deadline they’ve set for leaving the nation, a Taliban official tells the Reuters information company.
Japan to ship army aircraft to repatriate residents from Afghanistan
Japan will ship a army aircraft afterward Monday to Afghanistan to carry again its residents, the highest authorities spokesman says.
More army transport planes are anticipated to be dispatched to Afghanistan to repatriate not solely its personal residents but in addition Afghans working on the Japanese embassy or with Japanese missions, Katsunobu Kato, Japan’s chief cupboard secretary, instructed a press convention.
US seeks to spice up Afghan airlift operations
A chaotic race to assist tens of 1000’s of individuals escape Taliban-run Afghanistan was boosted on Monday with the US ordering its industrial airways to assist, although President Joe Biden flagged the evacuations might transcend subsequent week’s deadline.
Speaking on the White House, Biden acknowledged the searing scenes on the airport, which have included infants and kids being handed to troopers over razor-wire fences and males clinging to the surface of departing planes. But he stated they had been a part of the price of departure.
“There is no way to evacuate this many people without pain and loss and heartbreaking images you see,” he stated.
In an effort to ramp up the airlift, the US authorities ordered six main industrial airways to fly again to the United States those that have been evacuated from Kabul to US bases within the Gulf and Europe.