Around 10,000 people are processed but are unable to depart Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, as Qatar is reaching its capacity on accepting additional Afghans, a soldier tells CNN's Clarissa Ward.
“It’s abysmal… someone needs to step up,” the soldier said.
Ward also reported Friday that no US flight had left Kabul in an eight-hour period. A senior White House official says the the pause on US flights at Kabul will be lifted and flights are set to resume soon.
CNN reported earlier that The US government is examining new locations, including in Europe, to relocate Afghans as it nears capacity in Qatar and scrambles to address the crush of people looking to flee Afghanistan, sources said.
Many of the US government evacuation flights have been traveling to Qatar, but they have slowed down as the Gulf nation nears capacity for sheltering people, a Qatari source said.
The US is expected to relocate Afghans to Ramstein Air Base in Germany, multiple sources told CNN, and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Friday that they “have agreed with the U.S. that Ramstein Air Base in particular can be used temporarily for the transit of people seeking protection from Afghanistan to the United States.”
CNN's Kylie Atwood, Barbara Starr, Jennifer Hansler contributed reporting to this post.