A striking image has gone viral on social media – showing hundreds of people crowded on a US Air Force C-17 aircraft as it left Kabul for Qatar on Sunday.
Scores of panicked Afghans, who had already been cleared to leave the country, managed to pull themselves onto the aircraft’s half-open ramp. Instead of forcing them off, the crew decided to take off.
According to Defense One, a site which obtained the image from the military, around 640 people were on board – far more than its listed capacity.
The picture is in stark contrast to the chaotic scenes just a day later – when thousands of people crowded Kabul’s airport and had difficulty fleeing the country. Planes were temporarily grounded, and US forces reportedly shot dead two armed men.
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(📸: Defense One)
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