There are 6,000 people at the airport in Kabul who have been “fully processed by our consular team and will soon board planes," State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Thursday during a briefing.
Price told reporters that they “are aware of congestion around the airport” and are “working closely with the Department of Defense to facilitate safe and orderly access for consular processing on the airport compound.”
He said flights continued throughout the airport, noting that US citizens and legal permanent residents “will be given the first opportunity to board, with other priority groups filling in seats from there.”
Price said they were continuing to deploy more consular officers, including to Qatar and Kuwait as well as in Kabul.
The spokesperson said later in the briefing that the they expect 20 flights to depart Afghanistan tonight, citing the Defense Department, and noted that the operation “will continue at as fast a clip as we can possibly manage.”