CANBERRA: As the situation in Afghanistan worsens, New Zealand And Australia have evacuated an additional 1,200 individuals.
Aboard Thursday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated that 1,200 people were evacuated from Kabul on six Australian and one New Zealand flights on Wednesday night, in the largest evacuation attempt since the city fell to the Taliban.
It brings the total number of persons evacuated from Afghanistan by the two countries to over 4,000, which Morrison claimed was three times more than he expected.
Morrison stated that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) would continue to do everything possible to bring more individuals out, but he warned that the situation is deteriorating.
“But we must face reality, the dreadful, brutal, and awful truth of the situation on the ground,” he continued.
Australia has followed the United States and the United Kingdom in advising citizens and visa holders not to fly into Kabul International Airport, with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) citing a highly volatile and dangerous environment.
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