UK to stop accepting and evacuating refugees from Afghanistan today
The United Kingdom has announced that it would terminate its evacuation operation in Afghanistan today, August 27, citing security concerns.
The UK defense ministry has announced the closure of its refugee processing center in Kabul in the aftermath of the terro bomb explosions that killed more than 90 people on Thursday, August 26.
The Kabul airport’s Abbey Gate, which was the site of a fatal blast yesterday, was closed in the early hours of the morning.
The Baron’s hotel, which served as a processing center for thousands of claims from those fleeing the new Taliban administration, has also shuttered.
The United Kingdom’s defense minister, Ben Wallace, said attempts to transport tens of thousands of refugees out of the nation are nearing completion, but he admitted that “The awful fact is that not everyone will be able to escape.”
‘We will process the people that we have brought with us, the 1,000 people that are currently on the airfield, and we will seek a way to continue to find a few people in the crowds where we can, but overall the main processing is now closed, and we have a matter of hours,’ Mr Wallace said on Sky News on Friday, August 27.
As part of the effort, which began in the middle of August, over 14,000 British people and Afghans had been rescued.
Wallace reiterated that the terror incident at the airport on Thursday had not sped up the UK’s departure.
‘The threat would definitely rise as we come closer to leaving,’ he told Sky News.
‘The story will always be that certain organizations, like as ISIS, will try to lay a claim that they have pushed out the United States or the United Kingdom.
‘We finished the Baron’s hotel almost exactly on time.’ The explosion was terrifying, but it didn’t delay our departure.’