7 Afghans killed in Kabul airport chaos, says British Defence Ministry
- Kabul airport has become a focal point as thousands gather to flee Afghanistan
- Countries are trying to evacuate its citizens from Afghanistan
- Former UK PM Tony Blair has called the withdrawal of Western troops an "abandonment" of Afghanistan
Seven Afghan nationals were killed in the chaos reigning at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan as many citizens attempt to desperately flee the country following the Taliban takeover. News of the death was conveyed by the British military, reports Associated Press. “Conditions on the ground remain extremely challenging but we are doing everything we can to manage the situation as safely and securely as possible,” the British defence ministry said.
“Our sincere thoughts are with the families of the seven Afghan civilians who have died in the crowds at Kabul,” a British defence ministry spokesperson said.
The Kabul airport has become a focal point of conflict over the last week as countries gather to evacuate their citizens and Afghan nationals try to flee. The United States and its allies have been struggling to cope with the large number of people trying to get on evacuation flights.
British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said that “no nation will be able to get everyone out” before the US deadline of August 31, as reported by local UK media. Wallace added that Americans may be allowed to stay on longer and the UK will support them if they do.
Meanwhile, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the man in charge when UK went to war alongside the US in Afghanistan in 2001, said, “The abandonment of Afghanistan and its people is tragic, dangerous, unnecessary, not in their interests and nor in ours.”
“In the aftermath of the decision to return Afghanistan to the same group from which the carnage of 9/11 arose, and in a manner which seems almost designed to parade our humiliation, the question which allies and enemies alike pose, is: has the West lost its strategic will?” Tony Blair wrote.
He added that the world is now uncertain of where the West stands. “We did it with every Jihadist group round the world cheering,” Blair said.