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Afghan woman gives birth on US evacuation flight

About 17,000 people, including 2,500 Americans, have been airlifted from the Kabul airport since August 14, the White House said on Saturday

Update : 22 Aug 2021, 06:36 PM

Amid chaos and heart-breaking events that erupted since the Taliban’s Afghanistan takeover, a group of evacuees now have a reason to smile: a baby girl was born aboard a US military flight. 

An Afghan mother delivered her soon after a C-17 cargo, carrying the evacuees, landed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany on Saturday, according to several news reports.

The media outlets referred to some social media posts of the US Air Force, to confirm the incident. 

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The US Air Mobility Command on Sunday morning tweeted: “Upon landing, Airmen from the 86th MDG (Medical Group) came aboard and delivered the child in the cargo bay of the aircraft. The baby girl and mother were transported to a nearby medical facility and are in good condition.

“During a flight from an Intermediate Staging Base in the Middle East, the mother went into labor and began having complications. The aircraft commander decided to descend in altitude to increase air pressure in the aircraft, which helped stabilize and save the mother’s life,” the next post read.

Citing the US Air Force, WION News reported that the mother, whose identity was not disclosed, began to have complications due to the lower air pressure in the plane when the aircraft was at its flight altitude, above 28,000 feet (8,534 meters).

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The development came amid reports of intense sufferings of the terrified Afghans waiting for their turn to be evacuated from Kabul.

Thousands of Afghans are outside the international airport in the Afghan capital, days after the Taliban took control of Kabul, waiting in the sweltering heat and a throng of people for a chance to flee the country, according to BBC.

Currently under the grip of US forces, the Kabul airport, which is the only exit point for Afghans from the landlocked nation, saw about 17,000 people, including 2,500 Americans, being airlifted since August 14, the White House said on Saturday.

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Thousands more have left on other foreign military flights.

A tense situation is still prevailing in and around the airport, where at least 20 people died since the Taliban’s Kabul takeover. 

The Taliban fired in the air and used batons to make people line up in orderly queues outside Kabul airport on Sunday, witnesses said, a day after seven people were killed in a crush at the gates.

However, there were no major injuries as gunmen beat back the crowds and long lines of people were being formed, the witnesses said. 

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