A British man stuck in Afghanistan has today been filmed waving a UK passport while pleading with Boris Johnson: ‘Get me and my kids out of here’.
Speaking with a strong northern accent, the man is seen telling ITV film crews outside a temporary British embassy in Kabul that the army is refusing to let him into the capital’s airport for evacuation.
After the short interview, the footage then then cuts to two children who the broadcaster reports have allegedly been left behind in the streets after their parents were allowed into the embassy ‘without them’.
Flashing a British passport as he made his desperate plea, the man told ITV: ‘I’m a British citizen, my kids are British and we’re stuck here, they closed the door on us and they’re shooting at us.
‘My message for the prime minister is, just get us out of here otherwise my kids are struggling and we’re all in a big mess here.
The British Army is right behind these fences, they’ve closed the gate and they’re not letting no one in.’
It comes as dozens tried to enter the temporary British embassy today, but were turned away without an explanation while surrounding fighters fired guns into the air in the shocking scenes.
Some called out and for abandoning them as the Taliban take hold, with only eight days until the US set its deadline for withdrawing all troops from the country.
Meanwhile, the UK today warned there are ‘hours not weeks’ left for the Kabul airlift as it scrambles to double numbers to 12,000 – while Boris Johnson pleads with to delay the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
It comes as:
The Ministry of Defence confirmed seven Afghan civilians died in the chaos outside Kabul airport over the weekend, with at least 20 killed in the past week; Britain pledged to work with Moscow and Beijing to exercise a ‘moderating influence’ over the Taliban, despite a deep mistrust of both regimes; Vladimir Putin rejected the idea of airlifting people from Afghanistan to countries near Russia, saying he did not want ‘militants showing up here under cover of refugees’;Tony Blair stressed that Britain’s involvement in Afghanistan has not been a ‘hopeless endeavour’, as he accused Mr Biden of following an ‘imbecilic policy’; Only a last-minute concession by the Taliban and a change of heart by Mr Biden can save the thousands of vulnerable Afghans who face being left behind. Desperate British citizens are being blocked from escaping Afghanistan and are waving their passports at officials in a bid to flee
Two children were apparently left at Kabul airport after their parents were one of the few allowed to evacuate amid the chaos
There are claims Taliban guards are dispersing crowds by firing gunshots into the air amid the frantic efforts to escape
One of the men stranded said: ‘Mr Biden, you did this.
You planned this. You made the deal with the Taliban.
‘This is the consequences of it. This is the repercussions of it. Mr Biden, it’s your ill-calculation. You were against Trump, now we’re against you. Go to hell Biden.’
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An Afghan interpreter who had worked for a year with the Royal Marines in Helmand Province was also among those struggling to flee the country.
He had been waiting outside the temporary embassy all night with his wife and children desperate to escape. He said: ‘I need help from the UK.’
British forces have been snatching rest between the exhausting efforts to organise the airlift from Kabul
Lt Cdr Alex Pelham Burns, part of the UK deployment, helps children waiting to be evacuated from Kabul airport
Marine Corps, U.S. service members provide assistance during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan
People attempt to get into the Hamid Karzai International Airport, to flee the country, in Kabul, Afghanistan
An Afghan policeman was killed on 23 August, in a gun battle between security forces and unknown attackers at the North Gate of the Kabul airport, the German military said
A military plane takes off from the Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, today as the evacuation continues
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