With airport closed, fearful Afghans scramble for the border

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(Reuters) – Crowds seeking to flee Afghanistan gathered on its borders while long queues formed at banks on Wednesday, as an administrative vacuum after the Taliban’s takeover left foreign donors unsure how to respond to a looming humanitarian crisis. The Islamist militia focused on keeping banks, hospitals and government machinery running after the final withdrawal of U.S. forces on Monday put an end to a massive airlift of Afghans who had helped Western nations during the 20-year war. With Kabul’s airport inoperable, private efforts to help Afghans fearful of Taliban reprisals focus on arran…

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