A British man stuck in Afghanistan has today been filmed waving a UK passport while pleading with Boris Johnson: ‘Get me and my kids out of here’.
The man, heard speaking with a strong northern accent, told ITV film crews outside a temporary British embassy in Kabul that the army is refusing to let him into Kabul airport.
It comes as distressing video emerged allegedly showing two young children who were ‘left behind’ when their parents were let into the building without them.
The man, who showed a British passport as he made his desperate plea, said: ‘I’m a British citizen, my kids are British and we’re stuck here, they closed the door on us and they’re shooting at us.
‘My message for the prime minister is, just get us out of here otherwise my kids are struggling and we’re all in a big mess here.
‘The British Army is right behind these fences, they’ve closed the gate and they’re not letting no one in.’
It comes as dozens tried to enter a temporary British embassy but were turned away without an explanation while surrounding Taliban fighters fired guns into the air in the shocking scenes.
Desperate British citizens are being blocked from escaping Afghanistan and are waving their passports at officials in a bid to flee
Two children were apparently left at Kabul airport after their parents were one of the few allowed to evacuate amid the chaos
In the distressing footage, two crying children are seen after they were reportedly left abandoned
One of the men stranded said: ‘Mr Biden, you did this. You planned this. You made the deal with the Taliban.
‘This is the consequences of it. This is the repercussions of it. Mr Biden, it’s your ill-calculation. You were against Trump, now we’re against you.
‘Go to hell Biden.’
An Afghan interpreter who had worked for a year with the Royal Marines in Helmand Province was also among those struggling to flee the country.
He had been waiting outside the temporary embassy all night with his wife and children desperate to escape.
There are claims Taliban guards are dispersing crowds by firing gunshots into the air amid the frantic efforts to escape
British forces have been snatching rest between the exhausting efforts to organise the airlift from Kabul
He said: ‘I need help from the UK.’
Another stranded was Paralympian Zakia Khudadadi who was due to compete in Tokyo in taekwondo and become Afghanistan’s first woman to represent the country at the Games.
It comes as Britain, France and Germany all joined pleas for Joe Biden to delay the US withdrawal from Afghanistan today.
As the desperate evacuation continues, the PM will use a virtual meeting of world leaders tomorrow to push for more time to save people from the clutches of the Taliban – something the US president has so far refused to commit to.
Nearly 6,000 Britons, Afghan staff and their families have now been airlifted out by the RAF – but there are plans to fly out a further 6,000 this week.
French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said he was ‘concerned’ about the deadline and ‘additional time is needed’.
Lt Cdr Alex Pelham Burns, part of the UK deployment, helps children waiting to be evacuated from Kabul airport
Dozens tried to enter a temporary British embassy but were turned away without an explanation while surrounding Taliban fighters fired guns into the air
Germany estimated it has 5,000 people still waiting to be taken to safety, with a Foreign Ministry spokesman saying the airbridges should stay open ‘as long as the situation on the ground allows’.
However, the Taliban have said any extension would be a ‘red line’ and warned of ‘consequences’ – as ministers admit they have a ‘vote’ on the timetable.
Despite the entreaties from fellow leaders, Mr Biden has been non-committal, saying yesterday he ‘hopes not to’ extend his current deadline.
He made a pledge to US citizens that ‘any American who wants to get home will get home’ but pointedly failed to mention his allies.
Mr Biden has set a deadline of August 31 for all Americans to have left the country, but UK military sources said another fortnight was needed.
Asked what he would say if G7 leaders pushed him, Mr Biden said: ‘I will tell them we will see what we can do.’
British military commanders are understood to have pencilled in August 25 as the last day they can process refugees, including former British interpreters, under the current plans before the focus shifts to getting about 1,000 British troops and government officials home safely.
It could mean the last British evacuation flight may have to leave as soon as tomorrow or Wednesday to allow soldiers enough time to withdraw.