The Taliban, an extremist military movement, has seized most of Afghan cities along with the country’s border areas, controlling all outposts. The airport in Kabul, captured on Sunday, is the only air traffic facility, and all commercial flights have reportedly been cancelled.
The recent entry of Taliban* militants into the Afghan capital of Kabul has prompted pandemonium at the Hamid Karzai International Airport on Sunday, with crowds of people heading outside terminals toward airplanes.
Numerous videos, shared on social media, show people with suitcases and bags reportedly rushing to get on planes that are taking away members of various foreign missions.
According to Associate Press, the jumble at the airport started on Saturday in anticipation of the Taliban’s approach, with many in the city hoping to fly out of the country. The same day, all commercial flights from the airport were suspended, with only military aircraft allowed to fly.
NATO said in a statement on Sunday that it would continue carrying out operations at the Kabul airport to keep Afghanistan connected with the world, and to “facilitate and coordinate evacuations,” according to a tweet from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
The US military have reportedly created a “human wall” and were firing into the air so as to drive back those seeking to illegally gain access to aircraft and secure the safe departure of American personnel.
On Sunday, the Taliban completed its takeover as the militants established control in the capital, prompting the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, to relinquish his power. So far, Islamic extremists have reportedly seized control of almost all of Afghanistan.