Taliban prevents hundreds of people from leaving Afghanistan

Taliban prevents hundreds of people from leaving Afghanistan

Mazar-e-Sharif (Afghanistan): A female Afghan worker working for a US organization in Afghanistan said the Taliban had barred her and hundreds of other people from boarding a special flight operating out of the country. Keeping her identity a secret, the woman told The Associated Press on Tuesday she feared for her safety if the Taliban identified her.

The American organization Ascend has been working for Afghan women and girls for years. The woman, who briefed the Associated Press, was among hundreds who are said to have been intercepted by the Taliban. Among them are US citizens and green cardholders. The woman said they are waiting to board a special flight to leave from the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif and have been staying in hotels and residential halls for nearly a week.

“We feel that we are in some jail,” the woman said. He said the people leaving the country included US citizens they met and are close to 70 and more vulnerable. They are the parents of an Afghan-American living in America.

Taliban prevents hundreds of people from leaving Afghanistan

Taliban officials said they would allow people holding proper passports and other documents to leave the country. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday dismissed claims by Republican lawmakers that Mazar-i-Sharif was in a hostage-like situation after the US evacuated troops and diplomats.

The woman, who spoke to the Associated Press, told that her group has proper passports and visas but the Taliban are not allowing them to go to the airport. The woman said she had fled the women’s side of the hotel last week when she heard that the Taliban were searching for possible people leaving the country and took some with them.