Sep 6, 2021 - World

Planes blocked from departing Afghanistan airport

Photo: Maxar Technologies via Reuters

Photo: Maxar Technologies via Reuters

This satellite image shows planes waiting Friday near the main terminal of Mazar-e-Sharif airport, in northern Afghanistan.

Why it matters: For days, the Taliban has been preventing the departure of at least four planes chartered to evacuate several hundred people seeking to escape, according to AP.

What they're saying: An unnamed Afghan official at the Mazar-e-Sharif airport told the AP the would-be passengers are Afghans — many of whom don't have passports or visas, and thus were unable to leave the country.

  • He said they had left the airport while the situation was sorted out.

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