September 17, 2021

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More than 600 Afghans crammed into a US military plane to flee the country

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One photo shows more than 600 Afghan women, men, children and the elderly huddled inside a huge US military plane, during the dramatic evacuation of people hours after Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, fell into the hands of the soldiers on Sunday. Taliban.

The image, which has gone viral, was taken inside a US Air Force C-17 transport plane. It was made and released by the military information site Defense One.

The Afghans clustered Sunday night in the belly of the gigantic cargo ship are among those who were authorized to be evacuated by the US authorities, according to this site. In all, there were 640 Afghans on board, according to US military sources.

But it was not planned to fly with so many passengers, a military man assured Defense One. Many of them had desperately climbed the plane on the back ramp of the C-17.

“The crew made the decision to fly” instead of forcing the Afghans out of the plane, the military official explained.

Among the people visible in the photo is a child, with a bottle, on a woman’s lap. Many of the occupants bring young children with them.
There are hardly any belongings to be seen, except for small briefcases or backpacks.

The plane landed in Qatar in the early hours of Monday, according to the FlightAware site. US military sources did not specify his destination.

This C-17 was not the only one to take so many Afghans out of the country. According to Defense One, which cites military officials, several planes took off from Kabul with large numbers of evacuees.

It is not the first time that the Boeing C-17, a transport plane of the US Air Force has been used for such massive evacuations.

In 2013, a C-17 flew with about 670 occupants from the eastern Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. In its usual configuration, a C-17 carries a hundred soldiers with all their military equipment.

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