Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was among the first to flee on Sunday, abandoning the presidential palace to Taliban fighters in the capital city Kabul.
Videos of panic-stricken Afghanis clinging to the sides of a United States plane at the city’s airport went viral, and some people reportedly fell to their death when the plane took off.
US President, Joe Biden said that he would not make the mistake of putting US soldiers in harm’s way after pulling American forces out of the troubled country, as per IOL.
This comes after Taliban militants recaptured Afghanistan’s capital almost 20 years after they were driven from it by US troops.
Meanwhile, according to EWN, the Department of International Relations (Dirco) on Tuesday confirmed that there are several South Africans based in Afghanistan who are in contact with the South African High Commission in Pakistan to ensure their safety and provide any help if needed.
Dirco spokesperson Clayson Monyela is appealing to any South Africans based in Afghanistan to make contact.
“Any South African nationals currently in Afghanistan and in need of assistance should make contact. The South African government furthermore urges all Afghani parties involved in the conflict to cease this surge for a solution through dialogue in order for stability and orderly transition into a new government.”
People in Afghanistan trying to run away from Taliban terrorists were hanging on the plane to leave the country. You don’t have to be a Muslim you just have to be a human to understand their fear and pain pic.twitter.com/mAIdEFNngN
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