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China warns about 'severe' Afghan security situation in wake of Kabul attacks

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Taliban militants patrol a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 27, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

China has expressed concern about Afghanistan's "complex and severe" security situation in the wake of two deadly explosions near the Kabul airport, which came amid a chaotic US withdrawal from the country.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian condemned the deadly attacks outside the Kabul airport on Friday, saying, "China is shocked by and strongly condemns the explosions."

The blasts show "the security situation in Afghanistan is still complex and severe," he said.

Zhao said that the ministry had not received any reports of Chinese casualties in Kabul.

The twin blasts, claimed by the Daesh terrorist group, killed at least 110 people, including 13 US soldiers, near the airport on Thursday.

The Taliban vowed on Friday to beef up security at the airport to prevent future terrorist attacks.

China, which shares a 76-kilometer border with Afghanistan, has called on the Taliban to fulfill its promises and break off with all terrorist organizations.

According to Zhao, during the two decades of the US occupation of Afghanistan, some terrorist organizations have gathered and developed in Afghanistan, posing a severe threat to international and regional security.

He said that Beijing was ready to deepen "friendly and cooperative" relations with Afghanistan, urging relevant parties to "take effective measures to ensure a smooth transition of the situation."

The Taliban said earlier in the day that they were planning to establish an inclusive caretaker government, which will include leaders from all ethnicities and tribal backgrounds in the country, Aljazeera reported, citing sources from the group.

The US and its NATO allies have been evacuating their citizens from the country in recent weeks, as the Taliban took over Kabul earlier this month. But the slow evacuation efforts have brought a daily mayhem at the airport, with tens of thousands of Afghans trying to flee the country on board US military aircraft.

UN warns there will be up to 500K more Afghan refugees by year end

The unfolding situation in Afghanistan, according to the United Nations (UN), will trigger a possible exodus of up to half a million more Afghans by the end of 2021.

Kelly Clements, the deputy high commissioner of the UN Refugee Agency, said on Friday that the body was "preparing for around 500,000 new refugees in the region. This is a worst-case scenario."

Last week, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) warned that one-third of Afghanistan's population, equaling 14 million people, were at risk of severe or acute hunger, citing the combined effects of war and drought.

Health facilities running out of medical supplies: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) also warned on Friday that health facilities were rapidly running out of supplies across Afghanistan.

It said the country could soon face a shortage of medical personnel as well.

"We have only a few days of supplies left and are exploring all options to bring more medicines into the country," said Rick Brennan, the WHO emergencies director in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

Speaking via video-link from the Egyptian capital, Cairo, in the wake of the Kabul attacks, he said that bringing supplies in through the airport was no longer an option.

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