Injured Afghans are rushed to the hospital in Kabul.
Gulf Today Report
Evacuation flights from Afghanistan resumed with new urgency on Friday, a day after two suicide bombings targeted the thousands of desperate people fleeing the Taliban takeover and killed more than 100.
Local media reported that at least 108 people were killed in the attack.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack outside Kabul airport on Thursday, the group's Amaq News Agency said on its Telegram channel.
The Pentagon said that at least 13 US soldiers were killed in the suicide attack.
According to media reports, one of the bombers struck people standing knee-deep in a wastewater canal under the sweltering sun, throwing bodies into the fetid water.
Those who moments earlier had hoped to get on flights out could be seen carrying the wounded to ambulances in a daze, their own clothes darkened with blood.
The Pentagon also said that the explosion outside Kabul airport caused casualties, but numbers are unclear.
A local media reported, “Firefights and IED explosions are happening just outside the Kabul airport gates. Service members are attempting to gain control of a dangerous situation.”
Three US officials said that the explosion near Kabul airport’s entry gate appeared to be a suicide attack.
US officials said that it is likely that marines have been injured in the attack.
US media said that President Joe Biden was in the Situation Room with national security officials when the attack at the Kabul airport occurred. He has been briefed on it.
Reports suggest that the explosion happened near airport's main Abbey Gate.
Thousands of people have massed over the past 12 days near the gate hoping to be evacuated after the Taliban seized power.
Local media reported that the explosion happened close to the Baron Hotel near the gate.
Foreign intelligence agencies said that suicide bombers tied to the Afghan arm of the Daesh group —were threatening to attack the airport ahead of Washington's August 31 deadline to finalise the evacuation.
Western forces running the Afghan airlift braced on Saturday for more attacks after the United States launched a drone strike, apparently killing a Daesh "planner", two days after the group claimed a deadly bombing outside Kabul airport.
Health ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar said at least 95 people, mostly civilians and including women and children, had been taken to hospital.
Travellers will be exempted from quarantine in the case of a death in the family.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi has received Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, at the Presidential Palace in Cairo.
This year’s celebration witnessed the participation of a group of diplomatic, economic and social figures, as well as a number of businessmen, entrepreneurs and Filipino families residing in the country.
Sheikh Hamdan said that the priority of Sheikh Mohammed is to provide the best quality of life for our citizens, the best environment to raise our families, and the best economic opportunities for our youth.