A crush of desperate Afghans outside the Kabul airport passed babies and small children above their heads so Western soldiers could raise them over a wall topped with razor wire and give them refuge from the Taliban, photos and video showed.
One video showed a U.S. soldier with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit leaning precariously over the razor wire to grab a crying baby, then passing the child to another soldier.
The baby “was taken to a medical treatment facility on site and cared for by medical professionals,” U.S. Marines spokesperson Maj. Jim Stenger told HuffPost.
“I can confirm the baby was reunited with their father and is safe at the airport. This is a true example of the professionalism of the Marines on site, who are making quick decisions in a dynamic situation in support of evacuation operations,” Stenger said. A State Department spokesperson said late Friday that soldiers on the scene “have reunited a number of unaccompanied minors with their families and are continuing to work hard to reunite those who remain separated.”