UK defense minister says Britain cannot evacuate unaccompanied children

Britain will not be able to fly unaccompanied children out of Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said on Thursday in response to reports of mothers throwing their babies over razor wire to British soldiers at Kabul airport.

“It will be the challenge trying to make it through that crowd,” Wallace said on Sky News. “We are finding other ways of dealing with that but that is what’s happening.”

Wallace confirmed families are coming through as a whole, and Britain cannot take unaccompanied minors. Kabul airport is now functioning 24/7 for military aircraft.

Asked whether it was fair that diplomats are being evacuated while youngsters face life-or-death situations, Wallace said “Everyone in that chain is having a very distressful time.”

The Taliban said they want to create a more inclusive government, yet reports have emerged of women and children being beaten as they attempt to flee the country, according to the Guardian.

On Britain’s future relationship with Afghanistan, Wallace said in a separate interview on LBC Radio that diplomacy was not about friendship but would be “transactional.”

He was doubtful Britain would be able to get everyone with ties to the country out in time, saying “if we can get to August 31, we hope we can get people out.”

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