A horrific scene showing crowds boarding a jet bridge at the airport was filmed at Hamid Karzai Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, as the country fell to the Taliban on Sunday.
Crowds of people were filmed trying to push their way onto a plane parked on the ground as they rushed in an effort to flee.
"This is, perhaps one of the saddest images I've seen from Afghanistan. People who are desperate and abandoned. No aid agencies, no UN, no government. Nothing," said Nicola Careem, BBC South Asia's Bureau chief, on Twitter as she shared the video.
This is, perhaps, one of the saddest images I've seen from #Afghanistan. A people who are desperate and abandoned.… https://t.co/GCR67MO1Zj— Nicola Careem (@Nicola Careem)1629087606.0
The crowd is seen to be forcing their way onto a Kam Air jet, a private Afghan airline that flies domestically, as well as to destinations in the Middle East and Asia.
Commercial flights out of Kabul were canceled as of Monday morning according to the Afghanistan Civil Authority.
The UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told the BBC that Kabul airport had been divided into a military section and a commercial section, with the US taking over the military side of the airport, prioritizing the evacuation of embassy staff.
The US Government has pledged to help local staff and their families and other "particularly vulnerable Afghan nationals" escape the country in the coming days, a statement from the departments of State and Defense said on Sunday.
"Over the next forty-eight hours, we will have expanded our security presence to nearly 6,000 troops, with a mission-focused solely on facilitating these efforts and will be taking over air traffic control," the statement read.
The US has opened its arms to the refugees of Afghanistan as the Taliban continue to exercise control.
"Afghans who have cleared security screening will continue to be transferred directly to the United States. And we will find additional locations for those yet to be screened," it finished.
At least 5 people have been reported killed at Kabul airport as people continue to flee from the Taliban's take over of the country as per BBC News.