As reported on Business Insider:
- Thousands have been trying to flee via Kabul airport after Afghanistan fell to the Taliban Sunday.
- Commercial flights have been suspended. The US is in control of the military side of the airport.
- Video shows dozens of people climbing up a jet bridge, trying to force their way on a plane.
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An apocalyptic scene was filmed at Hamid Karzai Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, as the country fell to the Taliban on Sunday.
Video showed crowds scaling a jet bridge at the airport, trying to push their way onto a plane parked on the tarmac.
The video was posted to Twitter Monday morning by BBC South Asia Bureau Chief Nicola Careem.
"This is, perhaps, one of the saddest images I’ve seen from Afghanistan," Careem wrote. "A people who are desperate and abandoned. No aid agencies, no UN, no government. Nothing."
-Nicola Careem (@NicolaCareem) August 16, 2021
The plane the crowds are seen forcing their way onto is a Kam Air jet. Kam Air is a private Afghan airline that flies domestically as well as to destinations elsewhere in the Middle East and Asia.
As of Monday morning, all commercial flights out of Kabul were cancelled, the Afghanistan Civil Authority said, according to CNN.
UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told the BBC that Kabul airport had been divided into a military section and a commercial section. The US has taken over the military side of the airport and is prioritizing the evacuation of embassy staff, the BBC reported.
The US government has also pledged to help local staff and their families and other "particularly vulnerable Afghan nationals" escape the country in the coming days, according to a Sunday statement from the Departments of State and Defense.
Source: Business Insider
Author: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ashley Collman)
Date: August 16th 2021
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