It’s been a week since the Taliban entered Afghanistan’s capital city and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled.
And the scene at Hamid Karzai International Airport remains frenzied, with seven people killed as crowds try to get out of the country, the British military reported on Sunday.
“Conditions on the ground remain extremely challenging but we are doing everything we can to manage the situation as safely and securely as possible,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.
On Saturday, troops from several nations tried to control the crush of people pressing to get into the airport, as temperatures hit the mid-90s. Soldiers sprayed water from a hose on those gathered or gave them bottled water to pour over their heads. It wasn’t immediately clear whether those killed had been physically crushed or died from other health conditions.
A NATO official told Reuters on Sunday that 20 people have died in the last week at the airport amid the evacuation.
The U.S. continues to evacuate Americans and Afghan people with special immigrant visas, with 17,000 people sent out of Afghanistan in the last week.
An American transport plane landed in Germany with one more passenger than departed from Kabul, Afghanistan.
An Afghan woman gave birth on the plane, which landed Saturday at Ramstein Air Base.