People struggle to cross the boundary wall of Hamid Karzai International Airport to flee the country after rumors that foreign countries are evacuating people even without visas, after the Taliban over run of Kabul, Afghanistan, 16 August 2021.
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  • The Taliban said it won't allow Afghans to reach Kabul airport.
  • A spokesperson said their skills are needed to rebuild the country.
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A Taliban spokesperson on Tuesday said Afghans will be prevented from going to the airport in Kabul because their skills will be needed to rebuild the country.

"We are asking the Americans please change your policy and don't encourage Afghans to leave," Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said. This came as the Taliban said it would not accept any extensions on the Biden administration's August 31 deadline for evacuations, though US allies have said they'll need more time.

Meanwhile, the UN human rights chief on Tuesday warned of credible reports of "summary executions" and other grave violations, as per Reuters.

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