The situation outside the Kabul airport continues to worsen by the day as the August 31 deadline for US troops to withdraw from Afghanistan approaches.
Even one day after the multiple explosions outside the airport, thousands of Afghans have returned to fight a desperate battle to flee the country. Conditions outside the Kabul airport are such that people have been standing in dirty, stagnant water outside the airport walls to enter.
Meanwhile, prices for essential items like food and water have skyrocketed near Kabul’s airport facilities. The area fills up every day.
According to a Reuters video, an Afghan national waiting outside the airport said that water bottles available outside the airport sell for $ 40 (almost 3,000 rupees).
Reuters has shared a video of Fazl-ur-Rehman, who said that water bottles and food were being sold at exorbitant prices at the Kabul airport. “A water bottle is sold for $ 40 and a plate of rice for $ 100, and not Afghans (currency) but dollars. That is out of the reach of ordinary people,” ” he said.
Swarms of crowds have returned to Kabul airport hours after multiple suicide bomb attacks by the Islamic State (IS) killed at least 100 people, most of them Afghans and 13 US soldiers.