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Countries continue to evacuate citizens, locals from Afghanistan

Thousands of people, including women and children, rushed to Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan’s capital, hoping to be evacuated in the wake of the Taliban’s takeover of the war-torn country after 20 years.

As the Taliban announced a general amnesty, Afghans who worked with the government or foreign organizations have voiced concern over the group's retribution and fear for their lives.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden on Monday announced an increasing of the security perimeter around Kabul airport, adding his country's evacuation efforts are continuing to ferry people out of Afghanistan.

In that respect, according to official US data, 17,000 people, 2,500 of them US citizens, have been evacuated from Afghanistan since Aug. 14, when Kabul fell to the Taliban.

According to the UK Defense Ministry, more than 3,800 people were evacuated amid the Taliban's advancement.

On Sunday, Australian Premier Scott Morrison said his country ran four flights into Kabul the previous day and evacuated more than 300 people, including Australians and other foreign nationals.

Morrison previously said his government would not be able to help all Afghans who assisted their military units after the Taliban entered the capital.

Since Aug. 18, the Australian government has evacuated more than 550 people from Kabul.

The German Foreign Office announced Monday that the country has evacuated approximately 2,700 people, including "Germans, Afghans and nationals of international partners" since Monday last week.


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