Desperate and terrified parents in Afghanistan threw their babies over barbed wire at the Kabul airport to American and British soldiers in a desperate bid to save them from the Taliban on Thursday.
The heartbreaking scenes were captured on video. The footage shows the moment a baby is passed overhead through a crowd to the British soldiers on the other side of the fence.
The following videos contain scenes some viewers may find disturbing.
A senior British army official told a Sky News reporter how his troops have been crying at night after seeing women throwing their children over the barbed wire, imploring the soldiers to catch them on the other side.
“It was terrible, women were throwing their babies over the razor wire, asking the soldiers to take them, some got caught in the wire,” related the British soldier.
Baby left in plastic crate at Kabul airport
In another heart-wrenching incident a baby was left abandoned inside a plastic crate at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport. The image was taken during the chaos caused by hundreds of Afghans who tried to flee their country as its capital city came under the total control of the Taliban on Monday.
Kabul airport has become a picture of utter desperation ever since the Taliban took control of the Afghanistan capital and President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. Thousands of men, women and children were seen rushing towards the Kabul airport even as US troops opened fire in an effort to control the exodus.
The BBC reports that the Taliban are blocking Afghans without travel documents from entering the airport — but even those with valid authorization have struggled to reach the airport.
Biden: We must gain control of Kabul airport
In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden was asked about images that went viral this week of Afghans falling from an American military plane as it gained altitude over Kabul.
“What I thought was… we have to gain control of this. We have to move this more quickly. We have to move in a way in which we can take control of that airport. And we did,” he said.
On helping US citizens stuck in Afghanistan, he said “if there’s American citizens left, we’re gonna stay till we get them all out.”
Biden was pressed on his assessment only last month that a Taliban takeover of the country was “highly unlikely.”
He said intelligence reports had suggested such a scenario was more likely by the end of this year.
“You didn’t put a timeline out when you said ‘highly unlikely’,” said Stephanopoulos. “You just said flat out it’s ‘highly unlikely that the Taliban would take over.'”
“Yeah,” replied Biden, who also assured Americans in April that the US withdrawal would be safe and orderly.
Asked if he thought the Taliban has changed, the US president said no. He stated that they now faced an “existential” choice about whether they want to be recognized by the international community.
Since taking power, the hard-line Islamists have sought to present a more moderate face but there have been reports of protests being violently suppressed and women stopped from going to work.