Video Shows Afghans Clinging To U.S. Military Plane As It Takes Off In Kabul
The stunning video, captured on Monday at Kabul airport, shows people clinging to a U.S. military transport plane during takeoff, as well as others seemingly falling from the sky to their death, in a disturbing scene reportedly ended in several deaths.
The US military suspended evacuation flights from the Afghan capital on Monday because of the swarms of people blocking the airport runway, a spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry told reporters.
"I understand that at the moment there is no air traffic because many desperate people crowd the tarmac," said the spokesman, according to Reuters, in front of journalists in Berlin.
The mayhem ended with seven dead, including those who fell from a departing American military transport plane, The Associated Press reported, citing senior US military officials.
Disturbing videos posted on social media seem to capture some of the deaths and show bodies falling from a plane shortly after takeoff. The authenticity of these videos has not been independently verified by HuffPost.
Afghans populated the tarmac at Kabul airport on Monday, trying to flee the country when the Taliban take control of Afghanistan. (Photo: - via Getty Images)
The Taliban, meanwhile, tried to reassure the Afghans, saying in a statement that "life, property and honor" will be respected. However, many Afghans fear that the Islamic militants will take back basic democratic and human rights, especially for women, journalists and NGO workers.
"Everyone is worried," a former government employee hiding in Kabul told Reuters. “They're not targeting people yet, but they will, that's the reality. Maybe in two or three weeks. So now people are fighting to get out. "
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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