Animal charity’s staff, pets seek way out of Afghanistan – ABC News

LONDON — A former Royal Marine who runs an animal charity in Afghanistan said Thursday that he, his Afghan staff and dozens of canine and cats are caught outdoors Kabul’s airport As a Outcome of they Try and get a flight Overseas earlier than evacuation efforts finish.

Paul “Pen” Farthing appealed to the Taliban To permit the group protected passage into the airport. He tweeted to Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen that “We now have been right here for 10 hours after being assured that We’d have protected passage. Actually Want to go house now.”

Farthing has been pressing for days to get staff of his Nowzad charity out of Afghanistan, Collectively with about 200 of the group’s rescued animals.

Celebrities together with comic Ricky Gervais expressed assist for Farthing, and criticism of the British authorities, on social media.

The U.K. defense ministry later said It’d assist Farthing, his group and the animals depart on a chartered jet funded by Farthing’s assisters, In the event that they might attain the airport.

Dominic Dyer, a British animal campaigner Who’s aiding Farthing, said the chartered plane was As a Outcome of of depart the U.K. later Thursday for Kabul.

Armed Strains Minister James Heappey said Thursday that U.K. forces On the airport would “facilitate” the flight. He informed ITV that “The drawback is getting Pen into the airfield.”

Britain has urged people to Maintain away from the airport, citing “very, very credible reporting of an imminent assault” by militants linked to the Islamic State group.

The U.K. authorities says the RAF has airlifted Greater than 12,000 people, 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 people is closing” As a Outcome of the U.S. prepares To finish the opperiodtion by Aug. 31.

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