The world is shocked at the chaotic scenes that unfolded at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport and its surroundings after the Taliban seized power. Satellite images of Kabul airport have captured how Afghans clung to planes in order to be rescued.
Thousands of people took to the Kabul airport on Monday to get out of Afghanistan. Satellite images confirm viral social media posts suggesting large crowds of Afghans rushing down the asphalt runway at Kabul airport.
On Sunday an image went viral on social media showing hundreds of people crammed into a US Air Force C-17 plane taking off from the Afghan capital for Qatar.
In satellite photographs you can see hundreds of people gathered in different sections of the airport. Kabul airport security was overwhelmed by crowds, causing the airport to be closed for business operations on Monday.
The scenes outside the Kabul airport were no different. There were long lines of cars trying to get to the airport as crowds gathered in front of the entrance trying to get in. Besides seeing to hundreds of people gathered around the planes parked inside the airport in the hope of leaving the country.
New high-res #satellite imagery (10:36 am local time, August 16) of the chaotic scene underway at #Kabul‘s Hamid Karzai International Airport in #Afghanistan as thousands of people converged on the tarmac & airport runways as countries attempt to evacuate personnel from the city. pic.twitter.com/L6lhlVms54
– Maxar Technologies (@Maxar) August 16, 2021
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The chaos unleashed this Monday at the airport has claimed the lives of at least seven people, according to the AFP agency, including one who clung to a US military transport plane when it took off and fell shortly after from the air, as it was. videotaped.
The technology company reported that the images were taken at 10:36 a.m. Monday by Maxar’s Worldview satellites.