The U.S. Embassy warned Americans to keep away from the Kabul airport and instructed anybody exterior the perimeter to “leave immediately,” citing unnamed safety threats.
The British and Australian governments issued related warnings, with Australian officers describing “an ongoing and very high threat of terrorist attack.”
The warnings got here because the final of the estimated 1,500 Americans nonetheless in Afghanistan attempt to make it to the airport to go away earlier than the U.S. withdrawal on Aug. 31. Tens of 1000’s of Afghan nationals are camped exterior the perimeter of the airport in determined makes an attempt to flee on the final flights out.
It was not instantly clear what prompted the advisories, or whether or not they described a particular new risk or mirrored ongoing considerations. But the U.S. Embassy warning cited three areas of specific concern.
“U.S. citizens who are at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate now should leave immediately,” the assertion stated, with out additional element.
The Australian authorities suggested its residents “not travel to Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport.” It additionally warned Australians to pay attention to the potential for violence with giant crowds.
The U.S. authorities has been warning about potential safety threats on the airport, and entry to the airport has been adjusted accordingly, with some gates briefly closed.