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Thousands of Afghans gathered outside Kabul airport in hopes of leaving the country

AA / Kabul

Thousands of Afghans wishing to leave their country gathered at the gates of the Hamid Karzai airport in the capital Kabul, with the aim of embarking on the “journey of hope”.

Thousands of Afghans, including the elderly, children and women, continue to wait for the fifth day in a row, hoping to cross the barriers and barbed wire that block the roads, according to the Anadolu Agency correspondent. airport entrances in order to leave the country, after the Taliban took control of the country.

Foreign airport security forces only allow entry to those with passports and visas.

Children and infants are most affected by waiting in very difficult conditions, amidst a lack of food and water. Many people persist in staying put until they enter the airport while awaiting evacuation to another country, according to their testimony to the Anadolu Agency.

Since last May, the “Taliban” began to expand their influence in Afghanistan, coinciding with the start of the last stage of the withdrawal of US forces, which is expected to be completed by August 31.

On Sunday, the Taliban took control of the country, despite the billions of dollars the United States and NATO have spent 20 years to bolster Afghan security forces.

* Translated from Arabic by Wejden Jlassi

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