Afghans still Await Flights to Escape the Taliban

Desperate Afghans wanting to escape the Taliban regime but did not make it to the Kabul airport last month have tried getting a flight from an airport at Mazar-e Sharif city this week.

Some managed to board charter planes crowdfunded by individuals and businesses, but many others were still waiting for permission, Channel News Asia reported.

Nama Vanier, an individual who has secured private funding for two Airbus A340 passenger jets for 680 Afghans said that “several hundred more are waiting in Mazar-e Sharif.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington was working hard to facilitate the flights but had limited on-ground resources.

Blinken added that the US made clear to the Taliban that the charters must be able to fly out of Afghanistan, and Kabul airport must reopen for civilian flights so that people who want to leave Afghanistan “can leave safely.”

Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that charter flights could not depart Mazar-e Sharif without clearance, and problems with the clearances were due to the temporary closure of the Ministries of Interior and Foreign Affairs.

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