The United States has evacuated about 3,000 more people from Afghanistan’s Kabul airport, according to a White House official, bringing the US evacuations tally to about 9,000 since August 14.
Meanwhile, a United Nations threat assessment report says Taliban fighters are conducting “targeted door-to-door visits” of people who worked with the US and NATO forces, increasing the fear of revenge.
Rights group Amnesty International has published a report, accusing the Taliban of killing nine ethnic Hazara men in Ghazni after the group’s takeover of the province last month.
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‘Messy’ picture of reprisals in Afghanistan’s provinces
Al Jazeera’s Rob McBride, reporting from Kabul, said the UN report on the Taliban targeting people who worked with the US and NATO forces contradicted the group’s assurances.
“The Taliban has been saying they have no interest in recriminations, reprisals,” he said. “But we do know that in the provinces, at local levels, there have been cases of people being targeted. There have been reprisals. People have been killed.”
“The question is how much is this the work of the Taliban even at a local level or how much is just a reprisal between individuals, between families or ethnic groups. It gets very messy and very confusing as you get out into the provinces of Afghanistan.”
Taliban behind brutal massacre of Hazara men: Amnesty
Taliban fighters massacred nine ethnic Hazara men after taking control of Afghanistan’s Ghazni province last month, Amnesty International, a global rights watchdog, says in a new report.
It cited witnesses of the killings, which took place between July 4-6 in the village of Mundarakht, Malistan district.
“Six of the men were shot and three were tortured to death, including one man who was strangled with his own scarf and had his arm muscles sliced off,” Amnesty said, urging the UN Security Council to adopt an emergency resolution demanding that the Taliban respect international human rights law.
Taliban revenge fears grow in Afghanistan
The Taliban has been conducting “targeted door-to-door visits” of people who worked with US and NATO forces, according to a confidential document by the UN’s threat assessment consultants seen by the AFP news agency.
The report, written by the Norwegian Center for Global Analyses, said Taliban fighters were also screening people on the way to Kabul airport.
“They are targeting the families of those who refuse to give themselves up, and prosecuting and punishing their families ‘according to Sharia law’,” Christian Nellemann, the group’s executive director, told AFP.
“We expect both individuals previously working with NATO/US forces and their allies, alongside with their family members to be exposed to torture and executions.”
US evacuates about 3,000 more people
The US evacuated about 3,000 people from Afghanistan’s Kabul airport on Thursday, a White House official says.
“The United States evacuated approximately 3,000 people from Hamid Karzai International Airport on 16 C-17 flights,” the official said in a media pool report on Friday, adding that nearly 350 were US citizens.
“Additional evacuees include family members of US citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants and their families, and vulnerable Afghans,” the official said, for a tally of about 9,000 evacuated by the military since August 14.
Taliban allowed to enter mosques with civilians
Taliban cadres are allowed to enter mosques with Afghan civilians for weekly Friday prayers, a Taliban official told Reuters news agency.
The official also said several countries and organisations have reached out to Taliban leaders for help in evacuating their nationals or employees from Kabul.
NATO: 18,000 people evacuated since Taliban takeover
More than 18,000 people have been evacuated from Kabul airport since the Taliban took over the Afghanistan capital, a NATO official told Reuters news agency.
However, crowds continued to throng outside the airport, desperate to flee, said the official, who declined to be identified.
Indonesian air force evacuates citizens from Afghanistan
The air force of Indonesia has evacuated 26 of its citizens from Afghanistan, its foreign minister says.
Indonesia picked up 33 people in total on a plane that headed home via Pakistan, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Twitter.
“The plane is now in Islamabad to continue on to Indonesia,” she said, adding there were 26 Indonesians on board, including embassy staff, plus five Filipinos and two Afghan nationals.