The state of chaos prevails at the Kabul Airport for the second day in a row. Hundreds of people tried to forcibly enter planes leaving Afghanistan that is now under the Taliban’s control.
Military flights are now the last chance to leave the country by air, after the civilian flights were suspended. But they are now at risk, too, because of the chaos.
Politico reported that Kabul airport had suspended military and civilian flights for security reasons.
On August 16, first casualties were reported from the Airport. According to the U.S. officials seven people have died at Kabul airport so far. However, taking into account the footage from the area, it is clear that the number is much higher and will grow in coming hours.
At least two people fell from a departing American transport plane. They were reportedly trying to leave the country on the landing gear of the aircraft. Their death was taken on a video, another video showed a body of one of the victims on the streets of Kabul suburbs.
A number of Afghans were shot dead in a crowd. The U.S. troops were deployed to secure the territory around the airport. They opened fire targeting the crowd of civilians who were storming the airport.
On their turn, U.S. military officials claim that people were killed as a result of panic in the crowd.
“I’m very scared. They shoot into the air. I saw how one girl was crushed, she died, ” the Agence France-Presse quoted the words of an eyewitness.
CNN reported that a US soldier was shot and wounded at the Kabul airport.
Afghans are trying to get into planes at the Kabul airport. They try to stop planes at takeoff, climbing on their boards.
The crowd on the runway is dispersed with Apache helicopters.
According to the dispatcher talks with the pilot of the US Air Force C-17A transport plane in Kabul that was allegedly shared online, his aircraft had 800 people on board.
The following video shows the evacuation on board of one of aircraft. Passengers seem to be exclusively the U.S. citizens.
Meanwhile, new footage showing the recent evacuation of U.S. military personnel was shared online. The service dogs were evacuated in luxury conditions.
The casualties at the Kabul Airport took place 20 years after the September 11 attacks in the U.S.
By a tragic coincidence the board number of an aircraft that is taking people from Kabul is 1109.
Today, while fleeing from the Taliban, the Afghans fell under the bullets of their foreign friends. Over the past decades, locals have helped the US to democratize their own country. In the end, the US did nothing to evacuate them, leaving them face to face with new Afghan reality.
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