- Thousands have been trying to flee via Kabul airport after Afghanistan fell to the Taliban Sunday.
- Commercial flights have been suspended. The US is in control of the military side of the airport.
- Video shows dozens of people climbing up a jet bridge, trying to force their way onto a plane.
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An apocalyptic scene was filmed at Hamid Karzai Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, as the country fell to the Taliban on Sunday.
Video showed crowds scaling a jet bridge at the airport, trying to push their way onto a plane parked on the tarmac.
Nicola Careem, BBC South Asia’s bureau chief, tweeted while sharing the video: “This is, perhaps, one of the saddest images I’ve seen from Afghanistan. A people who are desperate and abandoned. No aid agencies, no UN, no government. Nothing.”
The crowds can be seen forcing their way onto a Kam Air jet. Kam Air is a private Afghan airline that flies domestically, as well as to destinations elsewhere in the Middle East and Asia.
As of Monday morning, the Afghanistan Civil Authority said all commercial flights out of Kabul were canceled, CNN reported.
UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told the BBC that Kabul airport had been divided into a military section and a commercial section. The US had taken over the military side of the airport and was prioritizing the evacuation of embassy staff, the BBC reported.
The US government has also pledged to help local staff and their families and other “particularly vulnerable Afghan nationals” escape the country in the coming days, a Sunday statement from the departments of State and Defense said.