22 August 2021

United Arab Emirates to temporarily shelter 5,000 Afghan refugees.

The United Arab Emirates will temporarily host 5,000 Afghan citizens evacuated from thecountry following the seizure of Kabul by the Taliban Islamist movement, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said.

The ministry added that the evacuees would arrive in the UAE on US aircraft in the upcoming days.

The Taliban entered Kabul on August 15, ending a weeks-long offensive and resulting in the collapse of the US-backed government.

Internationally-Recognized Afghan President Ashraf Ghani resigned and left the country for the UAE. The seizure of power has forced thousands of Afghans to seek escape from the country for fear of reprisals from the militants.

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