The United Nations (UN) began resuming flights for humanitarian missions to Afghanistan on Thursday (2/9) local time.
The UN spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said that the humanitarian flights were put into operation “so that 160 humanitarian organizations can resume lifesaving activities in various provinces of Afghanistan.”
Dujarric later explained that the flight was operating from Islamabad, Pakistan, to two cities in Afghanistan, namely Mazar-i-Sharif and Kandahar.
According to Dujarric, there have been three flights landing at Mazar-i-Sharif since August 29. All of the flights were carrying food aid for Afghans.
He said that currently, the United Nations is working on adding more flights to reach other parts of Afghanistan.
“From 2002 to 2021, UN Humanitarian Flights in Afghanistan have reached more than 20 destinations in the country. We will try to return to those locations when security and finances allow,” Dujarric said, as quoted by AFP.
In addition, Dujarric also said that the United Nations is working to provide cargo flights to carry non-food items, such as medical needs.
Meanwhile, civil flights to and from Afghanistan are currently not operational. Hamid Karzai International Airport has not been active since US troops departed earlier this week.
This civilian flight is very much needed because there are still many citizens, both foreigners and Afghans, who are waiting for evacuation.
At this time, it is not known which party will operate Kabul airport. Before the US left, Turkey operated Kabul airport since 2004. Now, Turkey and Qatar are reportedly continuing to coordinate discussing the operation of Kabul airport.