A minimum of seven folks have been killed within the crowds close to Kabul airport, Britain’s ministry of defence mentioned on Sunday.
This comes as hundreds of individuals attempt to flee Afghanistan and the threats posed by a brand new Taliban regime, FRANCE24 and AFP report.
“Our honest ideas are with the households of the seven Afghan civilians who’ve sadly died in crowds in Kabul,” the UK defence ministry mentioned in an announcement on Sunday.
“Circumstances on the bottom stay extraordinarily difficult however we’re doing every thing we will to handle the scenario as safely and securely as doable.”
Tens of hundreds of Afghans had been nonetheless racing to flee on Sunday as america warned of safety threats at Kabul’s airport gates.
A minimum of 20 folks have been killed in and across the single-runway airfield since final Sunday, a NATO official mentioned Sunday.
However terrified Afghans proceed to attempt to flee, deepening a tragedy at Kabul airport the place america and its allies have been unable to deal with the massive numbers of individuals attempting to get on evacuation flights.
Britain’s Sky Information on Saturday aired footage of no less than three our bodies lined in white tarpaulin exterior the airport. It was not clear how they’d died. Sky reporter Stuart Ramsay, who was on the airport, known as the deaths “inevitable” and mentioned folks had been being “crushed” whereas others had been “dehydrated and terrified”.
Households hoping for a miracle crowded between the barbed wire that surrounds an unofficial no man’s land separating the Taliban from US troops. Roads to the airport had been choked with site visitors.
US President Joe Biden has described the scenario as “one of many largest, most tough airlifts in historical past”.
Circumstances had been additional difficult on Saturday when the US authorities warned its residents in Afghanistan to keep away from travelling to Kabul airport, citing “potential safety threats” close to its gates.
“We’re advising US residents to keep away from touring to the airport and to keep away from airport gates at the moment except you obtain particular person directions from a US authorities consultant,” the alert from the US embassy in Kabul mentioned.
The warning gave no additional particulars however a White Home official later mentioned aides had briefed Biden on native “counterterrorism operations”, together with in opposition to the Islamic State group.
As hundreds of Individuals and Afghans wait on the airport for flights or collect nervously exterior its gates, there have been “sporadic” reviews, confirmed by the Pentagon, of Taliban fighters or different militants beating and harassing folks attempting to flee.
The Biden administration mentioned Sunday that business plane could be marshalled to assist ferry individuals who have been evacuated from Afghanistan beneath the Civil Reserve Airfleet settlement – a partnership between the aviation business, the Protection Division and the US Division of Transportation.
A Pentagon spokesman mentioned the 18 plane – together with from United, American Airways, and Delta – wouldn’t fly into Kabul however be used to move individuals who have already left Afghanistan.
Biden will present an replace on Sunday on the evacuation of Americans and refugees from Afghanistan, the White Home mentioned. The president is to talk at 4pm EDT (2000 GMT), after assembly along with his nationwide safety workforce to listen to intelligence, safety and diplomatic updates on the evolving scenario in Afghanistan.
The US army mentioned an Afghan girl gave delivery aboard an Air Power C-17 upon touchdown at Ramstein Air Base in Germany after experiencing issues in the course of the flight on Saturday. The army’s Air Mobility Command tweeted that airmen helped in the course of the supply of the kid within the cargo bay of the plane. “The newborn woman and mom had been transported to a close-by medical facility and are in good situation,” a later tweet mentioned.”
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