The Dangerous Road to the Kabul Airport-ZellaNews

While American forces have taken management of Kabul’s airport, chaos dominates simply exterior. As 1000’s desperately attempt to flee Afghanistan, Taliban fighters have blocked entrances, fired rifles and beat some folks within the crowds.






KABUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Taliban fired photographs

from guard tower

Military entrance guarded

by Afghan forces

Most violence right here,

Taliban fired photographs

Crowds gathered

making an attempt to flee metropolis

Many Taliban patrols

alongside Airport Road

American officers informed U.S. residents

and others they may not promise

secure passage to the airport.

KABUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Taliban fired photographs

from guard tower

Most violence right here,

Taliban fired photographs

Military entrance guarded

by Afghan forces

Crowds gathered

making an attempt to flee metropolis

Many Taliban patrols

alongside Airport Road

American officers informed U.S. residents

and others they may not promise

secure passage to the airport.

KABUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Taliban fired photographs

from guard tower

Military entrance guarded

by Afghan forces

Most violence right here,

Taliban fired photographs

Crowds gathered

making an attempt to flee metropolis

Many Taliban patrols

alongside Airport Road

American officers informed U.S. residents

and others they may not promise

secure passage to the airport.

KABUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Taliban fired

photographs from

guard tower

Military entrance

guarded by

Afghan forces

Most violence right here,

Taliban fired photographs

Crowds gathered

making an attempt to flee metropolis

Many Taliban patrols

alongside Airport Road

American officers informed U.S. residents

and others they may not promise

secure passage to the airport.

KABUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Taliban fired photographs

from guard tower

Military entrance guarded

by Afghan forces

Most violence right here,

Taliban fired photographs

Crowds gathered

making an attempt to flee metropolis

Many Taliban patrols

alongside Airport Road

American officers informed U.S. residents

and others they may not promise

secure passage to the airport.


Satellite imagery: Planet Labs

Taliban management the primary entrance

Most of the violence has been simply exterior the airport’s important entrance, the place crowds making an attempt to get into the airport met Taliban forces beating them again. There have been volleys of rifle fireplace, together with pushing, pulling and beating with wood sticks, Kalashnikovs and hoses.

Jim Huylebrook for The New York Times

Large crowds, together with folks camped out and households gathered with youngsters, gathered exterior the primary gate as Taliban fighters shot rifles into the air. Very few acquired in.



Jim Huylebrook for The New York Times

Camped out on the roads close by

On the roads surrounding the airport, folks camped out, ready to attempt to get entry to a flight in a foreign country. Some sat underneath pine timber on the airport’s perimeter.



Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times

Taliban fighters patrolled Airport Road, the primary approach into the airport. The sound of heavy gunfire echoed by way of the streets, and a few fighters hit folks to attempt to preserve them again.



Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times

‘This gate is closed,’ a commander says

At an entrance east of the primary gates, Taliban fighters positioned themselves on concrete highway dividers.



Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times

Their commander, a Kalashnikov slung round his shoulder, informed the crowds: “This gate is closed. Only foreigners and folks with paperwork are allowed.”