A US Marine holds a baby during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport. Reuters
Gulf Today Report
On Friday, the US military released pictures of its soldiers caring for infants and Afghan children at Kabul airport have gone viral.
The US military published pictures showing its soldiers taking care of children on the grounds of Hamid Karzai International Airport.
Another image shows two female soldiers with two children, while the third shows a soldier kneeling and offering water to a young child.
At the same time, the video of civilians pushing a child over barbed wire towards US soldiers was released as they were standing on the wall surrounding the airport.
In this video posted on Twitter, a soldier holds a child's hand and lifted him to get over the barbed wire before another soldier standing behind lowered him to the other side.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said it was a "gesture of sympathy."
He added in a press conference that “one of the child’s parents asked the marines to take care of him because he was sick.”
The child was returned to his parents. He added that he does not know the whereabouts of the child currently.
The White House on Tuesday said 98 per cent of Americans who wanted to leave Afghanistan were able to do so, and President Joe Biden affirmed that the United States remained committed to helping the remaining 100 to 200 US citizens who had some intention to leave.
Earlier, the AI 244 had taken off at 6.06 pm on Sunday from the Kabul airport, even as the Taliban reached the Afghan capital and were on the verge of taking power.
These were not conventional passengers, as none of them appeared to be carrying any baggage, having abandoned all their belongings while fleeing the dreaded Taliban.
Twenty years after they melted away as the United States-led NATO troops entered Kabul, the Taliban soldiers stood at the gates of power. The elected government of President Ashraf Ghani has surrendered, and the Taliban are negotiating with the government
The initiative was launched on the directives of Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, to strengthen social cohesion, spread awareness, and to consolidate values of virtue among society members.
The Command and Control Centre at Dubai Police had received an emergency call reporting a woman, in her twenties, who had fallen sick at the Anantara World Islands Dubai Resort.
The convoy arrived in the Gaza Strip through the Rafah Border Crossing, and is the largest medical support of its kind provided by the UAE to Gaza since the outbreak of the pandemic.