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Afghan Locals Beaten And Prevented From Leaving Country At Taliban Checkpoints

Anish Vij

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Afghan Locals Beaten And Prevented From Leaving Country At Taliban Checkpoints

Women and children passing through Taliban checkpoints are reportedly being beaten by the Taliban, who are preventing some locals from leaving the country.

Taliban promises of a 'safe passage' are being questioned, with Kabul airport being the only way out of Afghanistan.

The Taliban control the Afghan land border while the US military have secured the airfield.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

However, the military group also control the road to the airport where, the Wall Street Journal reports, the Taliban have set up checkpoints at the entrances - whipping and beating Afghans trying to flee the country.

This means fewer Afghans are able to reach the airport to leave the country.

It was reported that a 100-passenger military A400M Airbus took off with only seven passengers on board yesterday (17 August).

US national security advisor Jake Sullivan said that although a significant number of people are still reaching the airport, 'there have been instances where we have received reports of people being turned away or pushed back or even beaten'.

He continued: "We are taking that up in a channel with the Taliban to try to resolve those issues. And we are concerned about whether that will continue to unfold in the coming days."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA
Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Residents' smartphones are also reportedly being searched for any potential signs of communication with the western world and illicit material.

Homes and offices are being checked and Wired reports that many locals are said to be erasing their phone data to avoid any backlash from the group.

Thousands have already fled Afghanistan and some are going to extreme lengths - with footage showing locals clinging to a US cargo plane as it prepared to take off from Kabul Airport.

Kabul airport reopened yesterday (17 August), after US forces temporarily closed it following chaotic scenes on Monday.

CNBC reported that the crowds had thinned and commercial flights were extremely limited. Without passports or visas, many Afghans cannot flee the country.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The UK recently announced it would take in 20,000 refugees from Afghanistan.

Home Secretary Priti Patel told Sky News: "We have to ensure we have the support structures throughout the United Kingdom. We will be working with local councils throughout the country, the devolved governments as well.

"We are working quickly on this. We cannot accommodate 20,000 people all in one go. Currently we are bringing back almost 1,000 people a day.

"This is an enormous effort. We can't do this on our own. We have to work together."

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