Flights resume from Kabul airport amid scramble to depart Afghanistan
French and Afghan nationals face off on the 17th (Photo by STR / AFP) (Photo by STR / AFP via Getty Images)
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Flights from Kabul International Airport resumed Tuesday after a hectic and panicked Monday with thousands of Afghans swarming the tarmac to leave Afghanistan.
Pictures from Hamid Karzai International shared on social media and news outlets stunned the world as evacuation flights took off with locals still clinging to airplane wheels.
The crowds who tried to flee the country the day after the fall of Kabul to the Taliban are reportedly thinned out, although the chance to leave the country remains very limited for most Afghans facing a very uncertain future .
“The situation is stabilizing, but we are obviously monitoring it very carefully,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News on Tuesday.
“I think the airport is more stable today than it was yesterday and we have to make sure that we consolidate that in the coming days.”
Raab said there were 600 additional personnel among a wave of British and US troops deployed to ensure the evacuation of diplomatic personnel. He also said Afghans who helped British forces would also be evacuated.
Britain evacuated 150 British nationals on Sunday as well as “289 of the Afghan nationals who have served the United Kingdom so loyally in Afghanistan,” he said, adding that it expects “350 more” British and Afghan nationals in the next 24 hours, who worked for us are coming out. “
The comments came when many Afghans said they had been left behind and betrayed by the international community – and their own leaders.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country on Sunday when the country’s military, trained and equipped by the United States for two decades, surrendered to the Taliban fighters.
Only 7 on the first German flight
Germany, which has the second largest military presence in Afghanistan after the US, wants to evacuate thousands of German-Afghan dual nationals and lawyers, activists and individuals who have worked with NATO forces.
However, the first German evacuation plane could only take off with seven people due to the chaos on the ground, his government announced on Tuesday.
TOPSHOT – French and Afghan nationals await on the 17th (Photo by STR / AFP) (Photo by STR / AFP via Getty Images)
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The transport plane made a “breakneck landing” on Monday night, but had to take off with so few people on board because it could not stay on the runway for long and the Germans who tried to evacuate left the airport without protection from the military could not reach staff.
“We have a very chaotic, dangerous and complex situation at the airport,” Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told a local broadcaster, according to Reuters.
“We had very little time, so we only took people on board who were there.”