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Afghan conflict: Infant handed to US troops over Kabul airport wired fence treated, reunited with family

 As a frenzied crowd of Afghans begged a group of Marines to give them access to freedom, an outstretched hands produced a baby, just a few months old, and held the infant up for the soldiers to see.

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Bengaluru, First Published Aug 21, 2021, 12:55 PM IST
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As a Taliban-seized Afghanistan finds itself descending into a humanitarian crisis, in a heart-rending scene, a baby can be seen handed to US troops over a barbed-wire fence at the Kabul airport.

As a frenzied crowd of Afghans begged a group of Marines to give them access to freedom, an outstretched hands produced a baby, just a few months old, and held the infant up for the soldiers to see.

As the visuals went viral, the Pentagon has confirmed that the baby required urgent medical care and was treated at a Norwegian hospital before reuniting with its father.

"The parent asked the Marines to look after the baby because the baby was ill, and so the Marine you see reaching over the wall took it to a Norwegian hospital that's at the airport. They treated the baby and returned the child to the child's father," US defense department's spokesperson John Kirby said on Friday, according to news agency ANI.

The baby is now “safe at the airport” behind the U.S. military’s perimeter, Marine Corps spokesperson Jim Stenger told Forbes.

However, according to the report, Kirby and Stenger didn’t offer any details on whether the baby and father will leave Afghanistan, or if any other family members made it into the airport.

In the video, American and British security personnel stationed at the perimeter of the Kabul airport, can be seen guarding the wall.

Also read: Afghan conflict: 12 nations have agreed to host Afghan evacuees, says US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

According to reports, multiple Afghan families are desperately trying to escape the new Taliban regime and were seen throwing their babies over the wired fences surrounding the Kabul airport.

The situation in Afghanistan is really grim as thousands still continue to flee from the clutches of the Taliban, while Afghans have taken to streets in protest against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan rule.

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