Germany says about 5,000 waiting to evacuate Kabul

AP , Monday 23 Aug 2021

Genereal Eberhard Zorn said Monday the figure has declined from about 7,000 at the weekend. He says: 'We are now trying internationally to reduce this number as far as possible to make room for others'

General Eberhard Zorn
File Photo: General Eberhard Zorn, AP

Germany's top military commander says he believes that about 5,000 people are waiting at the Kabul airport to be flown out.

 
Gen. Eberhard Zorn said Monday the figure has declined from about 7,000 at the weekend. He says: ``We are now trying internationally to reduce this number as far as possible to make room for others . and above all, ultimately to cushion somewhat the precarious accommodation and waiting situation there.''
 
Zorn said he couldn't say what proportion of people at the airport are children or families. But he said on Germany's flights, about 50% of the Afghans evacuated were women.
 
Germany flew in supplies Sunday in an effort to help improve the situation inside the airport. Zorn said they included diapers, pacifiers and cuddly toys for small children, as well as food for children. More supplies are in the pipeline.
 
``The situation in front of the gates remains difficult,`` Zorn said. ``I would also call it dramatic, because the accumulation of people interested in getting into the airport grounds is enormously high (and) additional potential for violence is arising on the ground in this group.''
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