What Did The UK Defense Secretary Say About Planes Carrying Afghans And Britons?
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What Did The UK Defense Secretary Say About Planes Carrying Afghans And Britons?

Reports said that the flights that were returning from Kabul contained very few people. On the 19th of August, Ben Wallace, the defence secretary of the UK, refused to agree with reports and wholly rejected them by saying that the country was surely ploughing through the numbers. On the BBC Breakfast, he claimed that the people of his country were let to come back and thus, every hour is counted. But, there are chaotic scenes witnessed in the Taliban checkpoints that ring the perimeter of the airport.

What Did The UK Defense Secretary Say About Planes Carrying Afghans And Britons?

Are people being killed by the Taliban in and near the airport?

Along with 900 British soldiers on patrol, 4,500 US troops are in control of Karzai International Airport temporarily while trying to secure the evacuation flights. It is also reported that the Taliban is not allowing the Afghans and blocking them from entering the airport without travel documents. Based on the statement of a Taliban official, Reuters news agency has quoted that the Taliban has killed twelve people in the Kabul Airport and around the place since Sunday. Also, it is said that the people with valid documents are struggling to reach the airport safely as some of them were beaten by guards of the Taliban.

What were the statements from other people who were staying in Afghanistan?

It is said that an Afghan interpreter who had worked for the British Army was let to fly back to the UK but claims that he is hiding his identity as he would face death at any time if the Taliban recognise him. Another British Afghan, Gharghast Hidai, claimed that he witnessed a shooting at the airport while he and his family were about to leave. He adds to this by saying the situation is chaotic in Afghanistan, and he and his family were the lucky ones to get back. A London councillor, Peymana Assad, noted that she witnessed hundreds of people walking around the road traffic-jammed while returning from her visit to relatives’ house in Kabul.

What Did The UK Defense Secretary Say About Planes Carrying Afghans And Britons?

What were the responses from the UK president, Mr Wallace?

Mr Wallace said that the UK is working on coming to an agreement with Afghanistan in taking up to 20,000 Afghan refugees within the next five years. Also, he said that the deal would come under a different resettlement scheme and 5,000 in 2021. Also, he claimed that two flights took off from Kabuk and landed in the UK on Wednesday. Though the MoD did not reveal the exact number of people landing off to the UK, it is reported that the flight has the capacity to hold about 250 passengers at a time.

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