British nationals and “entitled persons” were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 17 amid a Taliban takeover of the country, the UK’s Ministry of Defence said.
The UK military was conducting the evacuations for British nationals and “former British staff eligible for relocation under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP)”, according to a statement.
Laurie Bristow, the British ambassador to Afghanistan, said on August 18: “Yesterday we got about 700 people out … we’re trying to scale up the speed, the pace, over the next couple of days.”
Vice Admiral Sir Ben Key, who according to the BBC was running the evacuation, said on August 17 that they hoped to evacuate between 6,000 and 7,000 people.
This footage shows the evacuees, including many children, boarding the military aircraft. Credit: UK Ministry of Defence via Storyful