First Afghanistan arrivals land in UK after PM’s pledge to take 20,000 refugees
The plane, supposed to convey Brit personnel and Afghan interpreters is one of various flights expected to land in the following few days as Kabul evacuation efforts proceed
Flight conveying Afghanistan evacuees lands in UK
An RAF Airbus KC2 Voyager airplane arrived at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, on Tuesday, after a dramatic breakout from Kabul.
In frightening scenes on Monday, crowds of Afghans desperate to escape the Taliban were filmed pursuing down jets along the runway with some clinging to the wheels of a US military plane.
Troubling video showed desperate stowaways plunging to their demises from a plane as it left Kabul.
The Mail Online reports that Afghan interpreters who were trapped down, claimed militant shooters wanted to kill them before they could board RAF mercy flights.
A few interpreters said they were covering up with their young families close to the landing strip in Kabul, yet couldn’t get to safety in view of Taliban checkpoints.
At least 12 military flights were said to have taken off from Kabul on Tuesday, including three UK planes.
Regardless of expectations, the UK would take out more than 1,000 individuals each day, numbers have so far missed the mark. Around 150 Brit nationals came out on Sunday, alongside 289 Afghan nationals throughout the last week.
Mr Raab said on Tuesday a further 350 British and Afghan nationals were set to be cleared “over the course of the following 24 hours”.
The Times reported that Brit troops could be compelled to pull out of Afghanistan before the clearing is finished on the grounds that the Taliban is presently in charge of safety.
Vice Admiral Ben Key, who is accountable for the evacuation effort as chief of joint operation, cautioned that the Taliban “may remove their consent” at any time for them to remain, leaving Brits abandoned.
He said there had been impressively more noteworthy security at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai airport yesterday, permitting the RAF to begin carrying many individuals out of the nation, yet said as many as 6,000 individuals actually remained.
In the mean time, ministers have reported plans to help Afghans escaping the Taliban by giving about 20,000 refugees shelters in the UK throughout the next few years.
In any case, the Home Office was blamed for neglecting to act rapidly enough after it disclosed that only 5,000 Afghans facing persecution would be relocated in the first year.
It will leave a large number of weak individuals in danger of brutal recrimination.
The 20,000 is in addition to 5,000 Afghans – whose lives are in peril since they helped the UK – who are going under a current plan. Around 2,000 of them are as of now here.
Evacuee groups, opposition party and Conservatives have criticized the Government for neglecting to get a handle on the necessity and quickness of the circumstance for countless individuals in Afghanistan after the Taliban retook the capital Kabul.