Afghanistan: Taliban urge people to leave Kabul airport after 12 people killed there since Sunday

The Taliban have urged people to leave Kabul airport after 12 people were killed there since Sunday.

They died in and around airport either as a result of gunshots or a stampede, Taliban and NATO officials said.

Hundreds are still trying to flee Afghanistan via the capital’s Hamid Karzai International Airport.

But the Taliban have warned people to leave and go back to their homes, with an official saying: “We don’t want to hurt anyone at the airport.”

Scenes there have become increasingly desperate in recent days, with new footage showing a child being passed to a foreign soldier in the hope they might be able to escape.

Another clip, thought to have been filmed on Tuesday, captures shots being fired near large crowds and fighters kicking those trying to flee.

Foreign embassies have set up evacuation centres inside the airport compound, including the UK and US who have committed to airlifting thousands of their own nationals and eligible Afghans.

Speaking to Sky News this morning, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said that the Taliban are cooperating with the British by letting people through to be evacuated.

But he said the real challenge for embassy staff at the airport is “crowd issues” as hundreds battle for safety.

“It is very, very difficult for those soldiers dealing with some desperate, desperate people,” he told Kay Burley.

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