Afghans clamber onto plane to flee the country after Taliban victory

This is the moment hundreds of desperate Afghans clambered onto a plane to flee from Taliban war lords. Harrowing footage shows dozens of people jostling to enter the plane cabin, climbing over each other on the ladder of a parked plane at the Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 16 morning. Afghan air space has since been closed, with commercial flights from Kabul being cancelled. The Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority has advised transit aircraft to take longer alternative routes instead. Taliban forces seized Kabul on August 16, settling into the presidential palace after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. A Taliban spokesman said the war was ‘over’ and that the militants have accomplished their objective or retaking the Middle East country following two decades of western occupation started by former leaders George Bush and Tony Blair. Mohammad Naeem said: ‘We have reached what we were seeking, which is the freedom of our country and the independence of our people. We will not allow anyone to use our lands to target anyone, and we do not want to harm others.’