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More than 10,000 people at Kabul airport awaiting evacuation

In this image provided by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Air Force airmen guide evacuees aboard a US Air Force plane at Hamid Karzai International Airport, August 24, 2021.
In this image provided by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Air Force airmen guide evacuees aboard a US Air Force plane at Hamid Karzai International Airport, August 24, 2021. Copyright Senior Airman Taylor Crul/U.S. Air Force via AP
Copyright Senior Airman Taylor Crul/U.S. Air Force via AP
By Euronews with AFP, AP
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Evacuations continue from Kabul airport, but Joe Biden has refused to delay the US withdrawal and the Taliban say Afghans will not be allowed to leave after August 31.

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More than 10,000 people are waiting at Kabul's airport to be evacuated, the US defence department said at a press conference on Wednesday, as Afghanistan evacuations continue with many people desperately trying to flee the country.

Europe and the rest of the world are scrambling to complete evacuations ahead of the US withdrawal deadline of next Tuesday, August 31.

Since the effort began on August 14, roughly 88,000 people have already departed, including 19,000 people in the last 24 hours, the Pentagon said.

G7 and European leaders have pledged to help the country and its people following the Taliban's takeover, but without a Western military presence, the challenge is immense.

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The Taliban has reiterated that the evacuations and troop withdrawals must end by the US August 31 deadline.

A Taliban spokesman said on Tuesday that after that date, Afghans will no longer be allowed to leave the country.

The UN's human rights chief has said she has "credible reports" of serious abuses by the Islamist militants, including summary executions, the recruitment of child soldiers, and restrictions imposed on women and girls.

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