150 Brits and 289 Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan - Foreign Secretary

17 August 2021, 08:33

By Daisy Stephens

A total of 150 British nationals have been evacuated from Afghanistan so far, as well as 289 Afghans, according to the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

Speaking to LBC's Nick Ferrari, Mr Raab said that more evacuations were expected in the coming days as the airport "stabilises".

"Since Sunday we’ve evacuated 150 British nationals, that includes dual nationals, and over the last week 289 Afghans who have served the UK so admirably over the recent years," said Mr Raab.

"What we’re now looking to do with the stabilisation of the airport, with the 600 UK extra personnel, the thousands that the Americans are supplying, the stability that is starting to be restored there at the airport, is get more flights in."

Read more: Hundreds of desperate Afghans cram into US cargo plane as they flee Taliban

Read more: Boris Johnson to unveil Afghan resettlement scheme for those 'most in need'

He went on: "The original plan was an extra 350 going out over the next 24 hours, I suspect that will be ramped up as the security situation improves, and obviously once the airport is secure we can really start to increase those numbers which is what we all want to see."

Hundreds of civilians have attempted to flee Afghanistan after the Government collapsed and the Taliban seized control.

Videos on social media showed desperate scenes at Kabul Airport, with people seen clinging to the landing gear of planes.

Some are thought to have fallen soon after take-off, and others were killed in the chaos at the airport itself.

A viral photo also shows a US military plane, with a capacity of just 100, carrying around 640 Afghans out of the country and to Qatar in an "unplanned" rescue flight.

Read more: Raab: 'Blood, sweat and tears spent in Afghanistan not for nothing'

Read more: Harry encourages military veterans to ‘support one another’ amid Taliban resurgence

The footage has resulted in UK charities putting pressure on Boris Johnson to do more to help Afghan civilians desperate to escape a draconian Taliban regime last seen in the country in 2001.

Mr Johnson announced a resettlement scheme for Afghans "most in need", such as women and children who are most vulnerable to harsh Taliban regulations, but Amnesty International UK branded the scheme "grossly flawed and utterly inadequate".

"The UK Government must urgently expand and recast its grossly flawed and utterly inadequate relocation scheme to ensure many more people can get to a place of safety before it's too late," said chief executive Sacha Deshmukh.

"Thousands of Afghans at serious risk of Taliban reprisals - from academics and journalists to activists and women human rights defenders - and are in danger of being abandoned to a deeply uncertain future.

"The chaos unfolding in Kabul means there are a matter of hours, not days, in which the UK could potentially save lives."

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Greater Manchester Police announced the girl's body was recovered overnight

Teenage girl, 14, dies after getting into difficulty while swimming in Greater Manchester

Three people were shot in Dog Lane, Brent

Three shot in north-west London after wave of violence across the capital

Scotland has recently made it the law for public settings to provide period products - but has now caused anger after appointing a man as the first period dignity officer

'Someone's taking the p***': Fury as Scotland's first ever period dignity officer is a man

A massive blast erupted in Crimea

Massive explosion rocks Crimea in suspected Ukraine attack on Russian ammo dump

The Royal Navy is reportedly said to back out of patrolling the Channel to deter migrants

Royal Navy 'set to back out' of patrolling Channel against illegal migrant crossings

The real value of workers' pay has suffered its biggest drop in 20 years

Workers suffer biggest drop in real pay since records began as inflation continues to soar

People in the UK are being told to prepare emergency bags after some regions were hit by flash floods on Tuesday

'Pack an emergency bag': Brits warned to prepare for flash floods as thunderstorms set to batter UK

The incident happened at a hotel near the resort city of Antalya, Turkey

Holiday heartbreak after British boy, 14, drowns in hotel pool 'while celebrating family wedding'

Harry and Meghan 'won't meet' Wills and Kate on UK trip

No plans for royal reunion: Harry and Meghan 'won't meet' Wills and Kate on UK trip amid brothers feud

Trump claims FBI agents 'stole' three passports during raid

Trump claims FBI agents 'stole' three of his passports during raid at Mar-a-Lago

Heathrow airport to extend flight passenger cap

Heathrow airport to extend flight passenger cap until end of October half term in bid to limit chaos

Removal vans arrived at Downing Street

Removal vans arrive at Downing Street as Boris jets off for second holiday before departure

Rishi Sunak is 'the lesser of two evils', says ConservativeHome chief

Rishi Sunak is 'the lesser of two evils', says ConservativeHome chief

Peter Jenkins confessed to sexually abusing young girls over a period of two decades

Teacher who ran church holiday club jailed for string of child sex offences after he handed himself into police

Millions of Brits face fresh water restrictions as Londoners are expected to be hit by a hosepipe ban

Now London faces hosepipe ban: 24m Brits to be hit with restrictions 'by the end of the week'

Cornwall hit by flash flooding as thunderstorms sweep across the UK

Flash flooding and torrential rain sweeps into the UK as record breaking heatwave is washed away