TERRIFIED mothers have been trying to throw their children over the barbed wire outside Kabul airport as they beg British and US military personnel to take them to safety.
The heartbreaking scenes follow the Taliban takeover of the Afghan capital, as thousands desperately look for a way out of the country.
Since they arrived in Kabul on Sunday, the Taliban have reportedly been beating women and gunning down unarmed protesters in the streets.
Footage emerged on social media yesterday of crowds of people outside the entrance to the airport pleading with paratroopers to help them escape, and some even lifted babies above their heads in a desperate attempt to persuade soldiers to take them.
One British officer told the Independent: "The mothers were desperate, they were getting beaten by the Taliban.
"They shouted, 'save my baby', and threw the babies at us.
Afghan people throwing their own infant babies over a barbed wire at the airport to pass them on to departing US troops in the desperate attempt to save them from the Taliban. pic.twitter.com/1js4Xc0LTu
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"Some of the babies fell on the barbed wire. It was awful what happened. By the end of the night, there wasn't one man among us who was not crying."
Another senior military officer told Sky News: "It was terrible, women were throwing their babies over the razor wire, asking the soldiers to take them, some got caught in the wire.
"I’m worried for my men, I’m counselling some, everyone cried last night."
British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace says that the UK "can't just take a minor on their own," and insisted that if a child is taken, their family will be coming with them.