By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press
LONDON (AP) — A former Royal Marine who runs an animal charity in Afghanistan stated Thursday that he, his Afghan employees and dozens of canines and cats are caught exterior Kabul’s airport as they attempt to get a flight out of the nation earlier than evacuation efforts finish.
Paul “Pen” Farthing appealed to the Taliban to permit the group secure passage into the airport. He tweeted to Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen that “we’ve got been right here for 10 hours after being assured that we might have secure passage. Truly wish to go house now.”
Farthing has been urgent for days to get employees of his Nowzad charity out of Afghanistan, together with the group’s rescued animals.
Farthing’s supporters have clashed with Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, who refused to airlift the animals on a Royal Air Force airplane, saying “I’ve to prioritize folks in the meanwhile over pets.”
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Celebrities together with comic Ricky Gervais expressed assist for Farthing, and criticism of the British authorities, on social media.
The U.Ok. protection ministry later stated it might assist Farthing, his group and the animals go away on a chartered jet funded by Farthing’s supporters.
Dominic Dyer, a British animal campaigner who’s aiding Farthing, stated the chartered airplane was on account of go away the U.Ok. later Thursday for Kabul.
Armed Forces Minister James Heappey stated Thursday that U.Ok. forces on the airport would “facilitate” the flight. He informed ITV that “the issue is getting Pen into the airfield.”
Britain has urged folks to keep away from the airport, citing “very, very credible reporting of an imminent assault” by militants linked to the Islamic State group.
The U.Ok. authorities says the RAF has airlifted greater than 12,000 folks, together with over 7,000 Afghans, from Kabul prior to now two weeks. Heappey informed the BBC that Britain plans to run 11 extra evacuation flights from the airport on Thursday however the “window of alternative to evacuate folks is closing” because the U.S. prepares to finish the operation by Aug. 31.
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