Embassy staff were among those who arrived at RAF Brize Norton last night.
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Images posted on Twitter showed people leaving the flight as the UK ramps up efforts to evacuate up to 1,500 people from Afghanistan every day.
Last night the first flight of British nationals and embassy staff arrived at RAF Brize Norton as part of Op PITTING.
The British Armed Forces are supporting the evacuation of British nationals and those eligible for resettlement under the Afghan Resettlement and Assistance Program. pic.twitter.com/IyGNIMEaD0
– Ministry of Defense 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) August 16, 2021
The Ministry of Defense said: “The British Armed Forces are supporting the evacuation of British nationals and those eligible for resettlement under the Afghan Resettlement and Assistance Program.
Details of the flight’s arrival emerged as Defense Secretary Ben Wallace admitted that “some people are not coming back” from Afghanistan.
British troops continue to race against time to evacuate the remaining British nationals and their local allies out of the country after the dramatic fall of the Western-backed government.
Mr Wallace, who previously served in the Scots Guards, appeared to suffocate as he appeared on LBC radio station on Monday as he spoke about the operation.
He said: “It’s a really deep part of regret for me… look, some people won’t come back. Some people will not come back and we will have to do our best in third countries to treat these people. “
When asked why he felt the situation “so personally”, Mr. Wallace replied: “Because I am a soldier … because it is sad and the West has done what it has done, we have to do our best to get people out and stand by our obligations and 20 years of sacrifice, that’s what it is. “
Mr. Wallace confirmed to Sky News that 370 UK Embassy staff and UK citizens were airlifted from the country yesterday and Saturday before the flight arrived at Brize Norton.
Key elements of the 16th Air Assault Brigade were working with US forces to secure Kabul airport to ensure flights can continue as Afghans and foreigners rush to leave.
Mr Wallace said the barrier to helping more people leave the country depended on how quickly they could be dealt with.
In chaotic scenes in the Afghan capital, US forces fired in the air at Kabul airport to prevent hundreds of civilians from rushing onto the tarmac in an attempt to board military flights as people continue to try to find ways to leave the country.
An American official said that “the crowd was out of control” and that “the shots were fired only to defuse the chaos”.