US says evacuation’s final hours ‘particularly dangerous’

The threats to Kabul airport remains “specific” and “real” as the United States winds down its withdrawal from Afghanistan, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Monday.

“We’re in a particularly dangerous time right now,” Kirby told reporters.

Several rockets have been fired at Kabul’s international airport on Monday, a day before the deadline for the US troops to pull out of Afghanistan ends.

The White House, which confirmed the attack, said that evacuation operations at the airport were not interrupted, adding that US President Joe Biden was briefed about the latest rocket attack on Monday morning aimed at the Hamid Karzai Airport in Kabul.

A US official told the Reuters news agency that some of the rockets were intercepted by a missile defence system.

The ISIL (ISIS) armed group claimed responsibility for the attack, the group’s Nasher News said on its Telegram channel, adding that six Katyusha rockets were fired at the airport.

The attack comes a day after the US forces launched second drone attack in Afghanistan after Thursday’s suicide bombing at the airport that left nearly 200 people dead. At least 13 US troops were also among those killed.

The US said it had wanted to take out suicide bombers in the latest drone attack in Kabul but media reports say several children were killed in .

UN Security Council adopts resolution on ‘safe’ departure from Afghanistan

The United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution Monday calling on the Taliban to honor its pledges to allow Afghans and foreign nationals “safe” departure from Afghanistan.

Taliban condemns US attack in Kabul: CGTN

A Taliban spokesman condemned the United States for launching an attack in Kabul without informing it first, in an interview on China’s state television CGTN.

The spokesman told CGTN that it is unlawful for the United States to launch attacks in other countries at will.

UN Security Council to vote on resolution to put pressure on Taliban

The UN Security Council is planning to vote soon on a resolution that would increase pressure on the Taliban to give people safe passage out the country.

A draft seen by Al Jazeera also calls for the rights of women, children and minorities to be respected. Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reporting for New York said the United Kingdom and France have been pushing a resolution that essentially calls for the continued safe passage of civilians and aid agencies in and out of Kabul.

“It is  worth noting that the Taliban has said that civilians will be able to come and go as they please. This essentially puts it in writing lets the Taliban know that the international community plans to hold them to that commitment by enshrining it in international law,” she added.

Saloomey said the resolution attempts to put the focus back on the humanitarian situation in the country.

“UN officials have been warning that the situation on the ground is increasingly dire, there was concern about medical supplies running out earlier today. The World Health Organization got its first flight into the country since the Taliban takeover, bringing much needed medical supplies and health related supplies into the country.”

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